Nuclear? – You’ll die before your first permit is processed. Hybrids? – Maybe potentially, but not ready for prime time yet. Remember your only lifeline offshore is
likely search and rescue. So we’re back to petrol. The good news is that if you
are planning long distance passages (i.e. across oceans) you’ve probably already
determined that a displacement boat is the most logical choice. Small boats
just can’t typically carry the fuel to keep the engines churning economically at high-speeds for long periods. That, of course, doesn’t make
high priced diesel economical, it just makes it the best option. But if you can’t control the cost of the fuel, at least you can control the rate
at which you burn it. The amount of that fuel burn drops significantly if you pull that throttle back a bit and reduce your speed by a few
knots. Yes, you are already going slowly and you don’t really want to go slower BUT you need to be practical.
These thoughts were prompted by an email that I got from a designer friend. Most of his work is for the cruise ship industry. He wrote that
he was leaving for Germany aboard a 265-foot passenger ship. It was heading there to refit with no passengers aboard. To save money they
were planning to travel slowly at 15 knots well down from the 22+ normal cruising speed. Even so they’re figuring to burn $800,000 worth
of fuel. Still you do what you can do, until boats can burn air.
But then that’s just my opinion.
The Cruising Yacht
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