Voyaging Under Power

Title Issue
Balancing speed with fuel consumption

Balancing speed with fuel consumption

Aboard Del Viento, our 1978 Fuji 40 sloop, fuel consumption had long been a bit of a mystery. I knew that we improved fuel economy when we throttled back, but by how much? What was the tradeoff for a longer passage? By how much could we increase our range? Where was the sweet spot?

March/April 2013
Anchoring issues

Anchoring issues

There are three kinds of boaters: those who have gone aground, those who will go aground, and those who have gone aground but lie about it.

January/February 2013
The ultimate navigation platform?

The ultimate navigation platform?

Recently, while power voyaging on the Maine coast, with my wife at the helm of our 40-year-old Grand Banks 32 single-screw trawler, I was out in the cockpit doing a couple of late-morning sun sights.

November/December 2012
Staying dry in a Mexican gale

Staying dry in a Mexican gale

The Gulf of Tehuantepec, on the Pacific side of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, can have gale-force winds. These winds produce steep waves that grow as they head offshore. To avoid the awful square waves, a vessel must transit within a half mile of shore.

July/August 2012
More efficient power voyaging?

More efficient power voyaging?

Nearly a century ago, powerboat design, to paraphrase Yogi Berra, “came to a fork in the road and took it.” We may have chosen the “wrong fork.” In light of today’s ever-rising fuel costs, this appears to be no idle concern.

May/June 2012
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