2167Re:Woodenboat design challange
- Oct 23, 2008I had the same thought when I read about this in WB. This wheel's
already been invented ;).
Still, a good thing for them to pursue. Hopefully the days of the gas
guzzling speed-at-all cost boats are numbered... (though you'd never
know it from reading Soundings)
I for one regret getting cajoled by my wife into buying a plastic 20
foot CC runabout (150hp Yami) a few years back, that while it's not the
worst in efficiency at 5-6 mpg @28 mph cruise, it still irks me burning
even that much fuel while tooling around (40 years of sailing warps a
guy, I concede). At this point I wish I'd sunk the money that went into
it into a Shoals Runner, or maybe even a Happy Clam, and had something
that would run a bit slower but get two or three times the mileage.
I really don't see why we shouldn't be able to get at least what an SUV
gets in mpg out of our small boats, if we'd just slow down a bit...
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