Following is an email I just received from the owner of the second N68. He has just completed his first major run since adjusting the prop pitch on his boat. In addition to the discussion of prop pitch, he mentions burying the bow a few times. I haven’t done that in over a decade, but will never forget how it felt on our N62. A very strange feeling.
We got in from Stuart late yesterday after running 30 hrs to St Simons Island, GA. Our prop repitch has woked perfectly with an intersting twist. We were told bty all of the “gurus” to add between 2.5 and 3 inches of puitch to get where we needed to be. Stuart Propeller was not able to add but 2″ – 36″ of pitch to 38″. Now at WOT our starboard engine is at exactly 100 percent load – dead on perfect and the port was at 98% – probably some anemolie or problem but darn close. Bottom line is our boat speed is tremendously highher but at that rpm fuel burn was greater as would be expected due to load. At 1200 rpm we are making about 8.1 knots but now burning 12 gpm with generator – too high. Our previous sweet spot was 1025 rpm where we got over 1 NMPG.
We also got a good sea test with big seas and pretty good wind. Several times we had the top of the bow pulpit rail buried – never seen that before – it is 13 ft above the water line. We were at probably a 25-30 degree up and down angle on pitch several times […].
Best to all,
This article appeared in the Seattle Times newspaper today:
The article references a commercial fishing trawler that sank last March in the Bering Sea, and the subsequent accident investigation. The investigators are looking into whether having representatives of the fish buyers (Japanese) on board may have undermined the captain and may have contributed to the incident. Chilling.