The journey has been always our big passion.
The charm of endless blue, the fascination of the sea and the ultimate feeling of freedom have been an integral part of our lives for many years.
As lovers of long trips and having spent many hours cruising on the open sea, this time we decided to open up to the vast ocean.
The idea was born a year ago or so, but it seemed like an unreachable goal with many obstacles that seemed insurmountable.
But as our will and passion were growing bigger, these obstacles have started to brake down and look like a house of cards ready to collapse.
Now, the idea has matured enough ... and here we are again, on the nautical charts, to carve paths, counting miles and working strenuously, in order to accomplish one more small feat, which we are going to attempt on August 2014.
We are going to attempt a really big journey with a 10m rib, which will accommodate two outboard engines, crossing the Mediterranean sea once again, but this time we will continue for 800 more nautical miles in the open Atlantic ocean up to Azores, covering a distance of 3.500 nautical miles.
No such journey has even been made in the past with outboard engines! We consider that crossing the Atlantic ocean from Portugal to Azores, which is expected to take two days and two nights without refueling, will be the ultimate European sea event of 2014!
The rib of our mission
We inform you that we’ve already been given the Rib with which we will make this journey.
It's about Corsair 31, that is produced by the company of TOP LINE.
It’s a Rib of Greek designers and producers with many and great achievements in speed races in Greece as well as international too.
With no doubt it is one of the best Ribs in its category throughout the world.
The reasons that we chose it are the bellow:
- It’s a Rib with strong construction and excessive quality, a fact that protects us from any possible problems during the journey.
- It’s famous for its speed and very economical hull.
- Its navigation even under strong weather is extremely soft, making our definitely hard trip quite more restful.
- The most economic speed of our trip is about 32 knots, ensuring our fast approaching to our destinations, letting us more time for the required rest.
- The combination of the economic hull with the extremely low fuel consumptions ofSUZUKI will give us the lowest possible consumptions, something really important, especially at the great crossing of 800 nautical miles from Lisbon to Azores.
- Another very important reason is that we estimate to reach the 32 knots cruise speed with the engines only at rhe3500 rpm. That means that the engines will work ‘’restful’’ during all the time of the journey
For our mission we chose two new engines DF300AP of Suzuki, in which there have been very important and technologically significant interventions.
Let’s see some of them:
First of all we have to stress that the new DF300AP engine can operate as clockwise or counterclockwise depending on our desires, with a simple electronic intervention alone.
This is something that is applied to the technology of outboard engines, for the first time, and we believe that this global originality of Suzuki will redefine the construction of future four-stroke engines.
With the lean burn technology fuel consumption improves even more at low and medium revolutions, resulting in new engines being 14% more economical than previous models, without even affecting its explosive torques.
By using an oxygen sensor in the exhaust, the optimum air-fuel ratio is achieved, resulting in better combustion and bigger fuel economy.
In the lower unit of the new engines we will observe several substantive changes
- maintaining the same gear ratio, gears in the lower unit have been redesigned aiming in greater resistance to high temperatures and greater endurance to mechanical stresses.
- The water inlets for cooling the engine are now four, while there were two in the previous model. The two new entries are placed in front of the cone of the gearbox, thereby greatly increasing the flow of water particularly at high speeds, improving the cooling of the engine and at the same time allowing even higher positions and higher trim angles.
- The gearbox has been redesigned from the outset to create the proper space for the new gears of the selective rotation system. In this way , the box may be larger in volume, its design however, as well as its much studied hydrodynamic shape , allow it to move with less resistance to water, which increases the engine performance.
Needless to say, that the reliability of the engines is of utmost importance, especially during long journeys.
This is why we have chosen to use the two new Suzuki’s DF 300 AP engines, which have undergone very important and remarkable interventions.
These interventions seem to be extremely useful for our journey.
A really important factor which will play a determinant role in the passage of 800 nautical miles, is the very low consumption of the engines in low and medium rpm. In this journey, we will be carrying more than 2 tones of fuels and, thus, the high torque in low rpm as well as the big diameter propellers that only Suzuki’s engines can accommodate with absolute safety, are essential factors.
The Suzuki’s 16’’ propellers will have the minimum possible slip regarding the movement of the heavy-loaded rib, which in turn will guarantee higher cruise speeds and lower fuel consumption compared to the engines of other manufacturers.