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     Just returned from a voyage over to Cartagena and back - over 850 NM with the new engine and prop.  The wind was light and variable requiring motor sailing both over and back.  Never blew more than 5 kts from all different directions.  We did very well - over 400 NM using less than 38 gal fuel in 2 1/2 days.

After getting the bottom painted beginning our trip back in Cartagena harbor we made some speed runs.  The water was flat and the speedo agreed with the GPS velocities.  The following results:

RPM        SPEED
2000         5.80
2500         6.87
3000         7.55
3500         8.15

(NOTE from SEAHAWK: When Ray first came to us with his old Volvo 43hp 2003T and 2 blade folding prop, Lois Ann was achieving a maximum speed of 7.5Kts)

I think these are very good results for a 38 ft boat with the new prop and engine.  Of course, the results will drop in a chop.
On the way back we ran through a lot of trash from flooding and just as it turned dark, we had the shaft vibrate a little and our speed dropped to about half.  The next morning we found that a fibrous plant had wrapped around the prop.  It only required a few minutes to clear and we were back on our way.

I am very pleased with the overall project with a much quieter engine and better fuel economy.  I do miss the clank when I put it into gear.  I have to restrain myself to keep from over revving the engine to get the clank confirming it is in gear.  We have only had enough wind to sail once since we put the new engine in and it seemed to work like the old prop with very little drag.

Thanks for your interest in our project,
Ray Kennedy

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