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    There are few things like a boating vacation. Last week was my chance to do some boating. My vacation started at midnight Monday August 6th when my work shift ended. Having prior to my vacation loaded the boat with the "stuff" I would need for the week I headed home. I grabbed the last of what I would need and headed to the marina.

    About 1:30 AM I reached the marina. I then removed my cockpit cover and started prepping the boat for departure. I turned on the weather radio wanting to get the report for the western end of Lake Erie. The forecast on the radio was promising. They said winds were out of the southwest at 6 MPH and waves were a foot.

    That sounded good to me so I prepped for departure. I backed out of my slip at 3:03 AM and proceeded through the marina towards the canal that leads to the Detroit River. I made the turn south towards the lake passing between Gibraltar MI and Celeron Island. Once safely past the shallows south of Celeron I plugged in the waypoint for Put In Bay Ohio on South Bass Island. My destination was going to be Middle Bass Island but the waypoint is the same.

    Since it was dark and there was only a quarter moon rising in the east I headed out into the lake slowly. I throttled up to 1400 RPM moving at about 7.5 MPH. That is about as fast as I wanted to go in the dark. There was some light from the moon so it was not totally dark. I proceeded on my heading moving towards the open waters of Lake Erie.

    T'he further I moved away from land the stronger the winds became and the bigger were the waves. My boat club burgee stood straight in the breeze. Knowing it takes winds of 15 or more MPH to make that burgee stand out I came to the conclusion that the weather radio was wrong. I checked out another weather site and and the winds were out of the southwest blowing at 18 MPH not 6. I was taking the waves broadside on my starboard side. T'he waves were 2 to 3 feet not a foot so it was going to be a rocky ride.

    Needless to say it was not a pleasant ride but I was not going to turn back. I slowly kept heading towards Middle Bass. As many of you know the 3007 Aft Cabin is a model with a bridge. With the waves and winds blowing as they were I was taking a lot of spray up on the bridge. This is the first time on this boat that I got wet up there. I kept plugging along until about 5:30 AM when the sky in the east began to lighten up. Once it got light enough I throttled up to 2800 RPM moving at 14 MPH now for the last 13 miles to my destination. I pulled into my slip on Middle Bass Island at the Middle Bass Island Yacht Club at 7:12 AM. It was a journey of 4 hours and 9 minutes. I was glad to arrive safe and sound. 3 members of my boat club were already up and about and they gave me a hand getting tied up in my slip.

    I stayed there at the Yacht Club both Monday and Tuesday. The yacht club has their docks in the Ohio state park marina. It has been totally redone and is a first class facility. They have gasoline and I think diesel along with a free pumpout. I did dinner Monday afternoon at J. F. Walleyes one of the restaurants on the island across the street from the marina. Tuesday I had lunch there.

    Wednesday August 8th was the start of the I-LYA Powerboat Regatta at Put in Bay. I was the committee boat for one of the functions of the regatta. I ran the event called The Flying Mile. The Flying Mile is an activity where participants open their boats up to WOT and when they get within range of my boat I zap them with a radar gun and record their speed. Boats are broken down into classes by size and type of propulsion. The event is run over two days Wednesday and Thursday. I ended up with 7 participants over the two days including myself.

    As far as my performance I competed in the Flying Mile running 25 MPH taking a 1st place flag in my class and the docking contest where I took a 3rd place flag also in my class. The regatta ran Wednesday through Sunday with several other competitive events that I won't bother to go into much detail here.

    Like all things the Regatta came to an end Sunday. It was time for me to head for home. I pulled away from my dock about 1 PM Sunday afternoon. Looking at the weather radar there were several isolated showers and thunderstorms in the area but I headed out anyway. I had decided that on my way home I would fuel up at Detroit Beach Boat Club since their gas was $3.90 per gallon. Heading towards the Club across the lake I noticed a storm off to the north. These storms were moving north to south so I had speed up so I could skirt around it before it got to my position. I didn't want to run the old girl that hard but I bumped her up to 3600 RPM cruising at around 22 MPH. I ran that setting for 5 mile or so until I saw the storm passing behind me.

    Once I skirted the first storm I notice another one ahead of me where I was going so I had to slow back down and allow it to pass by before I ran to the club for my fuel. I finally made it to DBBC to fuel up. I ended up pumping in 93.2 gallons of fuel costing me $363.65.

    After fueling up I then headed back out into the lake to head for my home port at the Gibraltar Boat Yard. It was an 18 mile run in now clear and sunny skies. I pulled into my dock at 5 PM home safe and sound. All in all it was a wonderful boating vacation. I am looking forward to next years regatta where I will do it all over again. The boat performed well so there are no complaints there.
    Rick Grew

    1981 Carver 3007 Aft Cabin

    2004 Past Commodore
    West River Yacht & Cruising Club
    www.wrycc.com

  • #2
    Nice write up. Assuming you have gas engines, don't sweat running them at 3600 RPM, it's no big deal. I do it all the time on my 7.4 MPI and at 1000ish hours, it still runs like new.

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    • #3
      Yes. I have twin 270 Crusaders (5.7's). WOT on these engines is only 4000 RPM therefore my concern about running them that hard. My last boat had twin 5'7's Mercruisers and WOT there was 4800 RPM. Generally i try to cruise somewhere between 2800 and 3200 RPM in the Carver with the Crusaders.
      Rick Grew

      1981 Carver 3007 Aft Cabin

      2004 Past Commodore
      West River Yacht & Cruising Club
      www.wrycc.com

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      • #4
        im surprised your crusaders are only 4000 RPM. they use the same base motor as Mercruiser.
        Cheesehead boating the Gulf Coast of FLA 27.51° N, 82.53° W

        1988 Cruisers Rogue 2420 -VP 290 DP now powered by custom 468 - https://forums.iboats.com/forum/owner...988-rogue-2420

        Past Boats
        1970 Wooster Hellion - Merc 9.8
        2002 SeaRay 190BR - 5.0 - A1G2 - "Cheeseheads in Paradise"
        1984 Avanti 170DLI -3.0 stringer- "Ship Happens"

        What’s behind you doesn’t matter.Enzo Ferrari

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        • #5
          Piston speed in a Chevy 350 at 3600 RPM is 2088 FPM, that's the same as a Chevy 454 running at 3132 RPM and utterly harmless regardless of what the rated WOT RPM is. Base-model GM marine engines will run reliably with piston speeds up to at least 3000 FPM (cams and valve springs on base-model engines are generally choosen to let the engines get to 3000 FPM of piston speed). 2088 FPM results in just less than half the internal strain (it's not a linear equation) of 3000 FPM. .

          3600 RPM just sounds busy, but it's harmless to the engine.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Scott Danforth View Post
            im surprised your crusaders are only 4000 RPM. they use the same base motor as Mercruiser.
            I was surprised too. I do have the engine manuals and they state that 4000 RPM is WOT for these Crusaders.
            Rick Grew

            1981 Carver 3007 Aft Cabin

            2004 Past Commodore
            West River Yacht & Cruising Club
            www.wrycc.com

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            • #7
              from a motor standpoint, that is low. no reason not to run a bit higher

              could be from the gear standpoint. what transmissions do you have?
              Cheesehead boating the Gulf Coast of FLA 27.51° N, 82.53° W

              1988 Cruisers Rogue 2420 -VP 290 DP now powered by custom 468 - https://forums.iboats.com/forum/owner...988-rogue-2420

              Past Boats
              1970 Wooster Hellion - Merc 9.8
              2002 SeaRay 190BR - 5.0 - A1G2 - "Cheeseheads in Paradise"
              1984 Avanti 170DLI -3.0 stringer- "Ship Happens"

              What’s behind you doesn’t matter.Enzo Ferrari

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              • #8
                On a different subject. I always wondered how those bigger cruisers behaved for WOT and plane speed etc. So it was good to see how you use your Carver. They sure look happy in the washboard chop we see on Winnipesaukee on weekends.
                87 Formula F223LS, 2016 383 Stroker, 97 Alpha Gen II Drive, 2019 Davis (HEI) Ignition, Quickfuel Marine 750 carburetor.
                Lake Winnipesaukee, NH

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Scott Danforth View Post
                  from a motor standpoint, that is low. no reason not to run a bit higher

                  could be from the gear standpoint. what transmissions do you have?
                  Velvet Drives.
                  Rick Grew

                  1981 Carver 3007 Aft Cabin

                  2004 Past Commodore
                  West River Yacht & Cruising Club
                  www.wrycc.com

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                  • #10
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                    If you have the 71c's top rpm is 4200 which would explain it
                    Cheesehead boating the Gulf Coast of FLA 27.51° N, 82.53° W

                    1988 Cruisers Rogue 2420 -VP 290 DP now powered by custom 468 - https://forums.iboats.com/forum/owner...988-rogue-2420

                    Past Boats
                    1970 Wooster Hellion - Merc 9.8
                    2002 SeaRay 190BR - 5.0 - A1G2 - "Cheeseheads in Paradise"
                    1984 Avanti 170DLI -3.0 stringer- "Ship Happens"

                    What’s behind you doesn’t matter.Enzo Ferrari

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