I asked if they dug any deeper into yesterday’s problem with the steering, and he said they had done a lot of experimenting and could not get it to repeat. All is working flawlessly. This implies the problem could be nothing more than “operator error” .. but, it’s too soon to say.
On a different topic…
David Sidbury, owner of the second Nordhavn 68, just completed a two-day east coast passage. He had onboard another N68 buyer, who is still waiting on his boat, but wanted to see how the N68 handled rough seas. From David’s description, the buyer met his goal of finding rough seas, and the N68 performed like a champ. Jeff said the same thing this morning when I asked about how the boat handled bucking the 25 knot headwinds all day yesterday. Jeff said they were a non-issue, and he was continually amazed how well the boat performs in rough conditions.
One of David’s goals for this passage was to get some good data on fuel consumption and range for the N68. I’ve done a limited amount of testing, but I haven’t had the discipline to run at slow speed for an extended period. Most of my data is based on 10-20 minutes of run-time. David’s is the first test of extended cruising in real-world conditions. His goal was to determine what speed he would need to run at to do a 2,100 nautical mile passage (the distance across the Pacific to Hawaii).
Here’s his numbers:
|Fuel Burn (gallons/hour)||7.02|
|Fuel Burn (gallons/NM)||1.14|
|Fuel Burn (nm / gallon)||0.88|
|Fuel Burn (gallons/hour)||6.25|
|Fuel Burn (gallons/NM)||0.89|
|Fuel Burn (nm / gallon)||1.12|
Both David and I are VERY pleased with these numbers. They indicate that the passage should be easy at around 7.5 knots.
That said, assuming Nordhavn saw no issues with the added weight, I would probably still load on an additional 500, or 1,000, gallons of fuel, in a fuel bladder, so that higher speed would be possible. We crossed the Atlantic at roughly 8.2 knots, and it felt like a good speed.