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Old 20 May 2008, 16:44   #1
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2hp enough?

i was really shocked today - I was watching some yachts going out racing and one of them had a 2hp Tohatsu 2 stroke on the back. The boat was about 24' long and was a lightweight racer with no transom but it was certainly not a dinghy either - there were 4 people on board.

The tiny little outboard pushed the boat along no problem and it easily kept up with all the other yachts going out to sea - all from a silly little 2hp!!!

it was funny watching him stop - he just spun the engine whichever way he wanted to go - marvellous.
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Old 20 May 2008, 17:10   #2
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Just shows you how few horses you really need to be better than wind power ... AND have it at your 'beck and call' when reverse is required
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Old 20 May 2008, 18:04   #3
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I have this argument with all the yotties regularly as they wax lyrical about yacht compared to RIB's
My answer is always that I can go somewhere for the evening/day in a straight line and come back in the time it would take them to get out the bay.
Plus I point the bow where I want to go and go direct rather than have to tack back and forth for 6 x the distance to get where I want to go.
And I don't spend weeks just getting it ready for the three weekends a year I could use it to go somewhere.
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Ah but could you take a RIB across the Atlantic or down to the Falklands without refuelling???
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Ah but could you take a RIB across the Atlantic or down to the Falklands without refuelling???
That's what a Hercules is for
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That's what a Hercules is for
They won't go that far either!!!
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They won't go that far either!!!
Yeah, but you don't have to refuel the rib...
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Ah but could you take a RIB across the Atlantic or down to the Falklands without refuelling???
And how many yachts ever go more than a few miles from their mooring, honestly?
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Oh there are quite a few. Where ever I have been in the world it's suprising how many British yachts you see.

This is the main reason I didn't buy a yacht. The temptation would be too great to go and pay Luxton or Bogib a visit!!!
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yam malta's

i used a little yam malta o/b - something like a 2.5-3.5 (escapes me now ) on the back of a GK24 (displacement 4000lb ) for a while, and it would use 3L per hour, in the flat, and travel about 4-5kn, so that's now the aux for the destroyer
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