What's the Maximum speed of a 'Fish

Discussion in 'Sunfish Talk' started by Fred P, Jun 21, 2004.

  1. Fred P

    Fred P Member

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    Has anyone ever measured or calculated the maximum speed of a Sunfish? I assume it can go faster than the theoretical hull speed while planing so it should be pretty fast and may depend on the wind speed. Anybody ever clocked a 'Fish at all?

    Thanks,
    Fred P.
     
  2. Alan Glos

    Alan Glos Active Member

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    Good question. I am guessing that on a screaming plane down the face of large wave
    with a Great White shark in full pursuit, the Sunfish may hit 16 or 17 mph, but I have never clocked one. A good hand held GPS unit may provide the answer.

    Alan Glos
     
  3. Allan P

    Allan P Old hand

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    I got up to something like 11.4 mph by GPS on a screeching reach, no big waves or sharks in sight. Dumped about a minute later. Water got in the GPS, so I wasn't able to get a maxumum speed out of it. Not saying its any kind of a record, but its about as fast as I ever went in a fish.
     
  4. Reckless Rudy

    Reckless Rudy New Member

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    I just got home from sailing in 15 mph winds on a small (1 mile diameter) lake and I have a SpeedMate installed on my fish. It recorded a max speed of 8.55 knots or 9.8 mph. I know I've sailed faster than that prior to installing the SpeedMate.
     
  5. Old Geezer

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    My 'Fish has clocked about 95 mph on the Interstate when I've been late for a regatta. Wind speed was about 20 knots and speed was verified by the State Trooper's radar.
     
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  6. Wayne

    Wayne Member Emeritus

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    The really amazing thing wasn't the speed, it was that the boat could be pointed directly into the apparent wind. However, I'll bet your sail trim was lacking a bit

    .... and the Class Measurer wants a talk with you about those outrigger training wheels.
     
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  7. kegan

    kegan New Member

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    I'm really surprised about those speeds. I never thought that a Sunfish could exceed the hull speed by so much.
     
  8. mike4947

    mike4947 Member

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    Once you get the fish up on a plane doubling hull speed is possible.
    The first time you "pop" the hull up and start passing everything in sight is a real thrill.
     

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