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A question for the more knowledgeable than I.

nya have a nice Freeman 32,

they list the engines as 2700, 108hp

quick tinternet search shows up nothing.

Can any of you boaty types shed any more light?
I believe 6 cylinders.

if you’ve experience of the engines what would be the likely fuel consumption at river speeds.

also availability of spares.

one more,just out of interest,would these engines get the boat planing?

my old mk1 30 should ,originally had these fitted ,but when I bought it ,it had a pair of 4108’s fitted.more throttle just made a huge wave,lots of noise and probably used a load of fuel:default_blink:

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8 hours ago, mikeyboy1966 said:

just made a huge wave,lots of noise and probably used a load of fuel:default_blink:

That is because a Freeman is a semi-displacement hull, not a planing hull. This means no matter how much power, it will not get up "over the step" and plane across the surface.

I have seen Freemans with Ford 4D engines, known as the Parsons Pike.  Big, solid, indestructible lumps. Built, I believe, for the Thames Trader lorry.

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Theoretical Hull speed (Nautical/ Imperial, I don't know the metric calculation)

Speed in Knots = 1.37 X The Square Root  of the Waterline Length measured in Feet.

 Over this speed the boat will effectively try to climb it's own bow wave.

The above calculation works for normal mono hulls it is not true for twin/multi-hulls or the super fine racing hulls on say a Rowing 8.

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