Originally Posted by codprawn
Don't know how fast mine will go but probably about 35kts with load of pax on board!!! [/QUOTE
So you are going to get it coded and what about yourself
Not a question of how fast the boat will go but more of a case of maintaining that max speed under normal operating conditions. Exactly the same as a car whereby the max speed is well in excess of limits.
Agreed that there are no open water statutory limits for vessles ( excepting the High Speed Craft regs for pax vessels) but the insurers can stipulate max regardles of regs (if less than the reg).
Thus with our vessels having operating speeds of 50knots plus the key is to ensuring that operating speed is maintained as per policy. The advantage, like a car, of the increased power (and resultant speed) is acceleration which can be contrued as helpful in an emergency situation or as dangerous to the novice !
Of course there are no speed cameras at sea and we could also spend a long time defining speed ( over the ground etc etc) but the point to remember that when you get close to 40knots the risk of hurting someone badly in a MOB situation increases exponentialy ie. if you drop a pax over the side and they suffer major water impact trauma then I guess your speed will be questioned.