Canoe Speed with 5hp

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  1. HEUY

    HEUY Senior Refuge Member

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    What can a person expect for speed with a 5 hp on a big 17+ft canoe. Right now can get around 6mph with a 3hp.

    Thanks,
    Heuy
     
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    Rangerbob Senior Refuge Member

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    A canoe is not a planning type hull. You will see very little gain no matter what size motor you put on the back.
     
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    Phytoplankton Elite Refuge Member

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    This ^^^^^^^^^

    You'll never get more than hull speed.
     
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    CA Hunter Senior Refuge Member

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    ^^^ Unless you put 35HP LOL....
     
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    Boat designers will tell you that a displacement hull has a maximum speed regardless of how much power it has. When the boat's waterline is the length of three bow waves, then max speed has been reached...even if you double or triple or quadruple the power. Fascinating stuff.
     
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    According to this ^^^^^^^^^. You're getting about all the speed you're gonna get.
     
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    HEUY Senior Refuge Member

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    Thanks for the replies. I sometimes run rivers and a swift current can reduce my speed by 1/2!
     
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    You should be able to get up to speed faster, or push more weight, but you would still mostly be limited by hull speed. But who knows, maybe your hull speed is 6 1/2mph!
     
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    What type of canoe you running?
     

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