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#2931084 - 09/03/12 08:58 PM it's cheap to run my boat
catman529
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Just realized how cheap it is running my boat, not including gas in the truck to pull the boat. I am putting ethanol free gas in my tank for my 5 horse B&S air cooled outboard even though it is just a lawnmower motor. today I topped off the 3 gallon tank after last week's trip. ethanol free gas was 3.99/gal and I paid $4.17 to refill the tank. Basically ran the boat over 25 miles (measured) over the course of a whole day, mostly at full throttle, for a gallon of gas, ain't bad. Pushes my boat somewhere in the 10-12 mph range which aint bad for a small tin. Some day I may get a motor that will put my boat on a full plane, but I will run this B&S motor as long as it runs and it does the job great. Anyone else got a small tin boat and motor?
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#2931093 - 09/03/12 09:05 PM Re: it's cheap to run my boat [Re: catman529]
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Deffinately cheaper than my merc 175 and u prob catchin just as many fish the way my luck been going!
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#2931117 - 09/03/12 09:27 PM Re: it's cheap to run my boat [Re: David]
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I get somewhere around 5 miles to the gallon running around 35 or 40 mph. When you add in the oil it gets costly. Enjoy it while you can. No way I would want a gas bill for running 60 or 70 up the lake.
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#2931139 - 09/03/12 09:41 PM Re: it's cheap to run my boat [Re: SilverFox]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: SilverFox
I get somewhere around 5 miles to the gallon running around 35 or 40 mph. When you add in the oil it gets costly. Enjoy it while you can. No way I would want a gas bill for running 60 or 70 up the lake.
you run a 2 cycle?
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#2931580 - 09/04/12 10:35 AM Re: it's cheap to run my boat [Re: catman529]
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I have 4 stroke 150 Yamaha,it does great,and gets me where I wanna go pretty quick,love it,quiet,easy on gas.Will run about 45 or so,nice when you wanna move a couple miles.
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#2932004 - 09/04/12 04:40 PM Re: it's cheap to run my boat [Re: Football Hunter]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: Football Hunter
I have 4 stroke 150 Yamaha,it does great,and gets me where I wanna go pretty quick,love it,quiet,easy on gas.Will run about 45 or so,nice when you wanna move a couple miles.
it doesn't get you 25 miles to the gallon though does it? Whatever suits you. I've already gone more than a couple miles today... Fishing for rockfish at the moment, but to say I've caught fish I have already caught two nice carp today, do you want the pics of them? \:\)
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#2932238 - 09/04/12 08:16 PM Re: it's cheap to run my boat [Re: catman529]
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I have a 14' Tracker Topper with a 15 HP Yamaha 2 stroke and a 6 gallon fuel tank. Its a nice setup for river fishing or in coves on the lake. It will run right at 30 MPH with me in it and 24 MPH with 2 people and hunting gear verified by GPS. I have run a mile upriver from the I-75 bridge in Loudon all the way to Kingston and back using 3.5 gallons of gas while fishing . That's the furthest I have run and I have no idea how far that is. I can fish the Clinch river around 6 different days running up river and then floating downstream all day before needing to fill up again. It's nice having a motor that can get you where you want to go without spending a bunch of money on gas.
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#2932367 - 09/04/12 09:26 PM Re: it's cheap to run my boat [Re: Model70Man]
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I just sold a rig similar to yours, had a six horse Johnson and did great! You better hang on to that Briggs, they are GREAT little engines. I just got to have a bigger boat to take my kids with me...
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#2932408 - 09/04/12 10:08 PM Re: it's cheap to run my boat [Re: CATCHDAWG]
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Yeah Catman I have an Optimax motor. It will push my boat 45 or so with me and 42 or 43 with 2 guys by GPS. It's not but a 90 on the Lowe HP model in 17 foot. It gets as good of gas mileage as the 50 Mercury I had on the other boat.
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#2932414 - 09/04/12 10:14 PM Re: it's cheap to run my boat [Re: CATCHDAWG]
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My small tin boat has a 200 hp OptiMax. Its does well for the type fishing I do.
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