Just read a good article I had found http://mvdirona.com/TechnicalArticles/DieselEngineOverload/AvoidingDieselEngineOverload.htm on diesel overload; it is written by James and Jennifer Hamilton and refers to advice from Tony Athens. It essentially says that many manufacturers (over)prop their boats when new for maximum speed (for marketing purposes), based on the original weight and little fuel/water/etc.
It occurs to me that Nordic Tugs is more or less obsessive about their build quality and reliability. Since they are not a "go fast" boat, I'm curious what your experiences have been regarding this over-propping question. In other words, have they propped correctly up front, at the expense of a little top speed, to give their boats maximum life and reliability? Or have they fallen to competitive pressures, needing to say that their "fast trawler" can do 17 knots or whatever?
I'm really curious to hear your experiences, especially pertaining to how your tugs have performed when loaded and when the bottom is fouled. Have you still been able to hit max rated RPM? Have you needed to prop down? Any early failures or problems due to overloading?
Thanks for the collective wisdom, talk soon.