WEB Q&As

MORE POWER, PLEASE

Canal Boat - - Back Cabin: - JOHN, CB

QMy boat has been ex­tended by eight feet to 55ft to add a dou­ble berth, but the en­gine is still 35hp. Can I in­crease its power out­put for the times I need to? via the

Aweb­site TONY REPLIES... Try­ing to in­crease the en­gine’s power would be ex­pen­sive. I doubt very much that you will need any more power for the stretched boat. The ex­tra skin fric­tion cre­ated by the length­en­ing is not likely to make a mas­sive ef­fect on the way the boat han­dles and drives. But learn­ing about boat han­dling in flow­ing wa­ter might be an ad­van­tage to you.

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