Sergio Davì, the numbers of the “crazy” crossing (by dinghy) from Palermo to Los Angeles


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Navigator Sergio Davì ‘s was one of the highlight adventures of 2022: making it from Palermo to Los Angeles in an 11-meter dinghy with several stops along the way, an ocean crossing of nearly 1,800 miles nonstop and more than 10,00 miles total. But what are the numbers of the Ocean to Ocean Rib Adventure 2022? As with the previous venture, from Palermo to New York, let us see with data what this crossing was like.

Sergio Davì: data from the crossing.

Last May 23, after departing in December 2021, Sergio Davì arrived in Los Angeles at the port of San Pedro. In his hands the New Jolly Prince 38 CC powered by a pair of Suzuki DF300B outboards.

How long is the New Jolly Prince 38 CC inflatable boat?

The dinghy of the crossing, the Arethusa Explorer, is a Nuova Jolly Prince 38CC and is about 11 meters long.

How long did it take Sergio Davì to get from Palermo to Los Angeles?

Departing Dec. 15, 2021 from Palermo’s Marina Arenella, Commander Sergio Davì took 519 hours and 32 minutes (pure) to reach the U.S. West Coast. The total time to complete the course was more than 5 months.

How many miles did you sail?

Sergio Davì sailed a total of 9,202 miles.

What dinghy did Sergio Davì use to do from Palermo to Los Angeles?

Sergio Davì in this new adventure was supported, as usual, by Suzuki, which provided two Suzuki DF300B outboards. Instead, the dinghy in question is an NJ Prince 38, the RIB made available by New Jolly.

How many stops has Sergio Daví made in an inflatable boat?

There were a total of 21 stops on the Ocean to Ocean Rib Adventure, including 13 with night sailing. The shortest leg was just 49.5 miles and took place between Fuerte Sherman and Panama. The longest, however, was between Mindelo (Cape Verde) and Kourou (French Guiana) with about 1,770 miles of non-stop sailing (6 days of ocean without ever stopping.
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On this incredible leg.

How many coupons have the two Suzuki DF300Bs had?

The engines were always running while sailing, even throughout the 6-day Atlantic crossing. The two Suzuki DF300B outboards followed basic maintenance with 5 coupons in total.

How many liters of gasoline did Sergio Davì consume in total on his crossing?

The average fuel consumption recorded at the end of the raid, after sailing 9,202 miles, was 1.7 liters per motor mile. The total is thus 31,286.8 liters of total fuel for both engines. These may seem like high numbers, but it should be remembered that the dinghy often traveled with an exceptional load (even several thousand liters of fuel on board) and under conditions that were not always favorable.

Suzuki DF300B outboards: what they look like

After seeing the numbers of the enterprise, let’s look at some technical details about the Suzuki DF300B. The two Suzuki DF300Bs are the only 300-horsepower outboards on the market with the counter-rotating twin propeller system, the Suzuki Dual Prop. The comparison that perhaps makes best is that of the 4×4 of a car. Excellent sealing and improved efficiency in terms of boat thrust.

The DF300B is based on the 4.4-liter six-cylinder engine block (the same as that of the DF350A), making it the largest-capacity thermal unit among the 300-HP V6s on the market today. With such a displacement, this engine develops very good torque.

On these engines, the Suzuki Lean Burn with which combustion is electronically managed plays a crucial role. In fact, a network of sensors measures various engine parameters (on-board load, throttle opening, etc.) in real time and calculates how much gasoline should be fed by the injection system into the combustion chambers, relative to the amount of air needed. In two words: + air – gasoline. Thus, especially at an always steady speed, one can achieve fuel savings of up to 14%. Instead, the fuel injected into the cylinders takes advantage of the Dual Injector system, which is based on dual injector technology that uses two smaller injectors instead of the traditional ones for more accuracy and better vaporization.

In order to make the most of the mechanical capabilities, these Suzuki outboards take advantage of an air filtration system. It is called the Dual Louver System and incorporates in the calender a double filter composed of blades, each designed with a precise shape, called a dog’s paw. What are they for? First to remove impurities from the inhaled air and then to prevent moisture from being absorbed into the calender even in the form of fine spray. Added to this is Suzuki’s Direct Intake System, which removes moisture from the inhaled air, lowering the air temperature and making it denser and improving its combustion qualities.


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