The Boating Forum - 24 Cape Horn
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01-14-2003, 03:12 PM
Interested in all comments, positive and negative. Interested in performance numbers on various setups (especially fuel economy). Anyone running twin Suzuki 140's on this rig? Would love some interior pics.
01-14-2003, 07:11 PM
No replys?? Have I reached my limit? Must I sign in as a new user and repost??
01-14-2003, 07:52 PM
You might go over to the florida sportsman webpage and ask your question. I think one of the regulars there just purchased the exact same rig you are looking at.
01-15-2003, 04:36 AM
There is someone on this board with twin 140 susuki four strokes, I would post on the Florida sportsman page, he may be over there. Mine does 54 with 200 Merc EfI's, it runs around 40 cruzing and gets around 1.9@34MPH 1.4@46MPH. Do a search, you will find alot of other threads related to this boat. I love mine.
Ed in FL
01-15-2003, 04:53 AM
A little impatient for a reply are we?
I've got a 24 w/ twin 140 suzuki's and top speed is a tad over 40 mph. This is running with full fuel, 3-4 guys,fishing eqpt, ice, T-top etc. I cruise at 4100 rpm around 26 mph.
The motors run great, the boat is a rock and handles well. I never did get my fuel flow meters calibrated, but fuel economy is very good. If suzuki releases the v-6 this year, I would opt for more horsepower. There have been a couple of occasions in heavy seas with 3 guys in the back of the boat, with a full live well that I had to run the motors wide open to get up on plane in following seas.
Interior pictures? Don't know what you mean by that, what you see in the brochure is what you get. I can post or e-mail directly to you some shots of my T-top and rod holders that mount around the livewell if that would help. If you want something specific let me know and I will take a few shots this weekend.
01-15-2003, 05:43 AM
I tryed to send you some pictures, but your Email came up no good. Give me a good address and I will send you some. http://thehulltruth.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
01-15-2003, 04:31 PM
Email is FULL from Cape Horn pics!! Thanks a bunch.
Sounds like it's a little underpowered with the 140's huh?
I'm primarily interested in that front platform area and the usability of it. Looks to high to really fish from, is that the case??
Thanks again for all the pics. You guys are great.
01-16-2003, 05:31 PM
I have a new 24 with oversize t-top and e-box,I chose to put a single yami 250 sw on it . Works great for my needs, at wot turning 5300 rpm I do 42 mph, 4000rpm 30mph.That is with 90 gallons and one other person.I cannot give you accurate fuel numbers at this time do not have fuel flow gauges and never filled the tank. Depending on your needs, if you are going to run heavy most of the time, put at least 2-150hpdi http://thehulltruth.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif http://thehulltruth.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif
Ed in FL
01-17-2003, 06:32 AM
You can probably cast from the lower deck but if there's any sea state, then forget about standing up front unless you have very good balance as there is nothing to grab onto when that 45 foot commercial idiot roars past at arms length from you.
I run mine full of fuel and with a full live well all the time, and the extra weight is noticeable. When I took delivery of the boat w/ only 20 gallons in the tank, and an empty livewell it was a totally different handling boat, much much faster. Adding an additional battery, t-top, anchor, fishing gear (way too much gear) etc etc I would not want any less horsepower.
If you want to see one in action, come on down to the panhandle and we'll take a ride!
01-18-2003, 01:51 PM
I know you don't have any precise numbers, but can you describle a typical fishing day (running distance, trolling time, load, conditions, etc) and give me some idea of fuel usage.
Ed in FL
01-18-2003, 09:17 PM
Sure, start out at 0600, run 6 miles to the inlet, catch bait for 30-60 minutes, run 30 miles offshore, troll or bottom fish or do both until 1300 hrs, run 30-40 miles back in (depending on where we ended up) to the inlet, and then run up the bay to the ramp,and get home by 1600. I've easily logged over 140 miles in a day, never shutting the motors off, even if we bottom fish for 4 hours. I did use 76 gallons one day (measured from fill up to fill up), and that was running in rough seas all day, ended up over 35 miles off the coast and was trolling for dolphin all day between 8-10 knots, which isn't exactly fuel efficient. I probably should have turned my GPS trip meter on, but didn't think about it till we were headed in and we started talking about how far away we were and wondered how many miles total we had logged that day.
If you look at the suzuki web site, they list fuel consumption figures for a 25 dusky. I believe I'm pretty close to those numbers but I don't reach the top end speeds they post. Then again, the test boat wasn't loaded heavy and may not have had a t-top on it with 4 guys and a lot of fishing gear on board.
In general, I'm pretty sure I'm getting over 2 mpg on an average day.
Let me know if I can answer any more questions. The motors seem plenty strong, I seem to only have a problem planing in heavy following seas, with a full tank of gas, full live well and everyone standing in the back of the boat. I did relocate my electronics battery into the console to help balance things out some. I'm sure with a lighter load, I would have no trouble hitting 45 mph, but I would rather carry around the extra gas, just in case. I'm still learning to run the boat using motor trim and the trim tabs. This is the first boat I've owned that has tabs and they take some getting used to.