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At WOT I can go about eight hours on the 85 gallon tank and, at 38 mph, that's a range of 300-odd miles.

But you, of course, manage your fuel by the rule of thirds.

Today I noticed a salesman driving around a 26' Twin Vee cuddy, powered by twin Suzuki 140's. His 2pm cancelled, so he grabbed me to go for a trial.

Nosing out of the harbor at 5 mph into a light wind chop I could swear the boat flexed from nose to tail. He said it's not supposed to go slow. Hmphhh.

So I rammed the throttles down, not knowing if the engines had 1, 10 or 100 hours on them, and redlined the suckers. The Twin Vee has 120 gallon capacity, but the neeedle showed half tank. Dealer stripped, no excess weight, 6000 rpm, the portable magellan showed 41 mph.

Turning upswell, the thing takes air and cavitates ... I hate cavitation... off a smooth 3' swell. I also hate air. I'm quickly reminded that no matter what the salesman hyoe, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A SOFT LANDING no matter what the hull configuration. I turn slightly off the swell and it settles down, but every time it shifts from port to stbd chine it throws you from side to side each as it transfers mass. Do they call them amaa's like hawaiian cats?

Fast is amusing for a brief time, then it's just work. Besides, what's the point if your bait's all beat to hell when you get there?

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