Originally Posted by Fram
I'm afraid that as a relative novice, I do not have a good idea of what 6 knots feels like through the water. Is there any trick or knack that an experienced man of the water such as yourself could give me to working this out? I suppose it could be RPM related for the specific boat?
6 knots is basically 7mph. We typically walk at around 3-4mph and jog at 4-6.
I don't think I've ever actually wondered what my speed was on the water as you know if you're creating uncivilised wash and you know if you're going faster than a jogging pace in a harbour or inland waterway as you have immediate points of reference to the land.
The one I did struggle with last summer was Chichester Harbour which is 8 knots. At that speed my SIB is making a wash which I think is unnecessary yet just 1 or 2 knots faster and it's on the plane creating much less wash but looking suspiciously reckless and yobbish. I did decide that it was ultimately more civilised to be on the plane and that if anyone decided to speak to me that common sense would prevail.
Don't forget that we all have phones on is so can easily check our speed if we need to.