Catafjord

Catafjord: Wonderful encounter with a powerfully motorized joker

Published on 01 august 2016 at 0h00

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“Far be it from me to consider that an individual driving a motor boat is intrinsically a worse person than one helming a sailing boat. However, it must be said that when an individual who gets around in a boat with twice two hundred and fifty horsepower on the back puts his mitt on the throttle lever, he inevitably feels like someone important. Hence the temptation to press on a bit. Alas, the laws of naval architecture being what they are, our bold ‘marinus légitimus motorisaë’ finds himself, despite everything, in a situation where he is breaking the law, as soon as he leaves the open sea. Explanation. When you enter a channel, the maximum speed permitted is often around five knots. And the two propellers driven by the overabundant horsepower will not generally allow you to drop down to these ridiculous speeds. What’s more, on this type of vessel, once the driver parks his posterior on the seat, his field of vision forward is cut by a zone of several tens of meters. If he has unfortunately kept up some speed, but not enough to plane, then his vessel will rear up like a stubborn horse, increasing still further this famous ...

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