Originally Posted by Firebee
So for a longer run like that should I always be up on plane and trimmed! Sometimes my wife felt going to fast and had to come back on throttles to make her feel better. So Im sure burned mor gas than necessary.
What was your cruise speed when she felt uncomfortable?
What were your RPM's?
What was the sea state at the time?
I would typically cruise my 2800 at around 23 kts. If it was flat, I could run higher, but typically kept the RPM's down to 3800 (single 496 (8.1) with a Bravo III.
If it got snotty, more tab, slower rpm's. That boat would be barely on plane at around 18-19 knots with a lot of tab. However at 18-19 knots, it's like riding a wheelie and hard to hold. It tended to either pop out of the hole and run up to 23-24 kots, or drop off and go down to 13-14 kts. It required constant throttle to hold her in that sweet spot.
If it was REALLY, REALLY rough (7-8 foot seas), and we were pounding, I'd drop off to 8 kts.
That was really my goal, was to simply make sure the boat isn't pounding.