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Volume 5, Issue 1
March 20
Inside This Issue
Volume 5, Issue 1
The Efficient Powerboat Pg. 1
Message from ABYC Pres. Pg. 2
Hybrids not the Answer Pg. 7
First Annual Maine Meet Pg. 8
On the Drawing Board Pg. 9
Know it All Answer
Pg. 10
Splashes
Pg. 11
ABYC Tech Notes, Retrofit
LEDs in Nav Lights Pg. 13
We Get Mail
Pg. 14
Know it All Question Pg. 14
News & Views
Pg. 15
Controlling Corrosion II Pg. 16
Unique Alumnus Design Pg. 21
Super Fuel Efficient
Powerboats Pg. 23
Continuing Education Pg. 31
Training Links
Pg. 32
New Passenger Wgt. Rule Pg. 33
Archives
Pg. 34
Westlawn Information Pg. 34
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To paraphrase Yogi Berra, about a century ago, “boating came to a fork in the ro
and took it.” Over the years, I’ve noted that we may have taken the “wrong fork.”
light of today’s ever-rising fuel costs, this appears to be no idle concern. If a few
things had gone otherwise early on, we might well be tooling around in powerbo
that looked quite different from what we currently think of as “normal” boats.
Macho Boats?
Think of racing . . . powerboat racing offshore. What do you envision? More than
likely, you’re picturing 50- to 60-foot, macho, deep-vee muscle boats. Careening
along at 100 knots, or thereabouts, you can be sure they’re being driven by iron-
men, fellows with the brawn required to endure the endless pummeling poundin
the roaring crescendo of engine, exhaust, wind, and wave; and yet still able to re
hair-trigger steering and throttle response. (“Look, there’s a lobsterpot.” You hav
about a tenth of a second to make exactly the right decision at the helm . . . or
else.) A moment of deeper reflection will bring to mind fuel consumption in the o
der of 180 gallons an hour, avgas! If you’re young and tough this sort of thing is
certainly exciting, but is it for you and your family? Is even a more modestly pow-
ered 35-knot cruiser?
Sailing to Bermuda
Most boaters have at least heard of the Bermuda Race. Dreamed up by Thomas
Fleming Day, the editor of Rudder magazine (Day was probably the most influen
marine editor of all time), the Bermuda race—with a few minor gaps due to wars
has been held almost every other year since. Since when?
In this time of rising fuel prices and a tight economy, efficien
in boat design is critical. Owners need economical and cost-
effective vessels. We’ll spotlight efficiency in this issue, first
looking at the overall considerations in
The Efficient Power-
boat
, by Dave Gerr, and then at details for enhanced efficienc
in Patrick Bray’s
Super Fuel Efficient Long Range Motoryacht
Norm
Norman Nudelman, Editor
What Efficiency Means, How It Can Save Money and
How it Makes for Better Boats—Part 1
By Dave Gerr, © Dave Gerr, 2011
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