Do the changes you have made slow the boat down under power?
Yes, we do loose a little speed due to the drag of the keel bulb hanging below the
hull, the Pearl is 2-
We usually cruise about 16 MPH, and I would expect more like 19 with a fully equipped
but lightly loaded stock boat and a 70HP engine. Top speed is off by about the same
amount, about 22 MPH instead of about 24-
Initially we decided to run a Tohatsu 70 TLDI engine rather than the Suzuki 4 stroke we usually use to save weight as it was about 45# lighter. We later changed the engine to a Suzuki 70 because even the new technology 2 stroke engines (Tohatsu TLDI and Evinrude etec) are still so much noisier than the Suzuki that the weight saving wasn’t worth it.
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