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Engines will not produce as much power at altitude as at sea level. Less dense air means less oxygen. A leaner mixture, automatic on newer fuel injected cars means cleaner, smoother running, but burning less fuel means less energy is produced on each power stroke. Supercharging, including turbocharging, compensates at less than full throttle if you use a heavier foot. Still, 6 - 7 available HP should push to hull speed. I have gotten around 6 - 6.5 on long motoring trips on the GICW at 4.5 -5 kts with variable currents and a Merc Bigfoot 9.9
Dave B. aboard Pearl 1982 TR/SK/Trad. #3399 Lake Erie/Florida Panhandle
Hey I'm going about 5.5 knots at full throttle with my Big Foot 9.9 long shaft 4 blade prop at 7,000 msl elevation.
Yesterday it was windy for our lake and we were cruising at 6.8-7 knots with just the jib alone. I thought the motor would do a little better.
I'm originally hoped the boat would do max hull speed with the 9.9 motor at the lake, but I think the elevation and summer temps just take away too much power.
Also, although I doubt it, I may not be at full throttle when I give it full throttle, but I'm pretty sure its at full throttle. The motor runs excellent and we love it.
As an example of the power lost for anyone who boats in multiple altitudes, my Zodiac with 50HP Johnson runs: 38MPH at Arizona sea level with a 19 pitch prop @ 5500 RPM 34MPH at 3652 elevation 17 pitch prop 5500 RPM 29MPH 15 pitch prop at 7,000 elevation 5,500 RPM.
Thanks for the replies. I don't run a full speed, its just used for calculation.
Oh and thanks for the GPH fuel burn replies, just about what I was expecting. Our Lake Powell Utah trip will be probably 150 miles without any chance of getting fuel, so I want enough gas but not too much gas. Can't count on sailing my way back (unless I take off more days off) as the wind isn't steady or predictable in the narrow canyons of Lake Powell Utah, Escalante Canyon area.
quote:Originally posted by GaryB
Guys, need to remember he said he was at 7,800 MSL. In a normally aspirated airplane at 7-8,000' the best you will get is approx. 75% of the power you would at sea level. To get 75% you have to use full throttle.
Eric - How fast do you go at full throttle at your altitude?
Sorry Herd... I didn't read your whole post before I posted. Didn't mean to be repetitive guys.
Erik Cornelison 6th Generation Professional Sailor, First Gen Submarine Sailor. 1986 Standard Rig SW. #5234
I think you have enough HP, Iím wondering if a 3 blade prop will help your top speed. 4 blades are usually the power thrust you need to get that heavy boat going quickly but on a lake with little to no current maybe a 3 blade will still provide enough thrust to get moving (may not jump out of the hole as quick) and then up to a higher top end?...
Mark- 'Impulse' 1978 C25 #533 DINN/FIN ~_/)~ Bakersfield, CA.
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