Ok here we go:
Hit 46kts at 5200rpm today, 3 on board with a full tank, engine trimmed fully down.
The figures are an average of 2 runs in opposite directions and indicated by GPS and smartcraft pitot sensor. The smartcraft gave 46kts both times, which I would expect as it was our actual speed through the water. The GPS gave 47.5kts in one direction and 45kts in the other direction.
The reason I had the engine trimmed fully in was that we had a force 7
blowing here today and although I did find a calm area to check speed it was very windy and still a bit choppy so I decided to play it safe.
Daniel, these figures are very similar to Top Banana's, I think. Can i expect to gain a few knots trimming up with flat water or am I being too optimistic? also will losing 2 bodies have any effect?
What was more important however was how the boat handled today though. It was the first real test. It cut through the rough, was very comfortable, and jumps and lands well!!
I know this sounds unbelievable, but I didn't get one bit wet all day (except for rowing in from the mooring, exhausting to say the least, against wind and current!)
Obviously I ain't got any pics, I left the camera at home after I heard the small craft warning, and possible gale warning.
Averaged 1.3nm/litre today with plenty of high speed runs. Running a light boat made a huge difference compared to yesterday!!