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Old 12-22-2011, 08:39 AM   #1
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Default What is the most fuel efficient 24-27 foot center console?

I hear Scout boats are good. I would like to upgrade from my 22 foot Sea Hunt but want to find the most fuel efficient way to do that. Any suggestions?
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Old 12-22-2011, 08:42 AM   #2
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26ft Angler Panga
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Old 12-22-2011, 08:42 AM   #3
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the narrowest one with the least deadrise the the highest HP motor you can get on the back
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Old 12-22-2011, 08:44 AM   #4
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The one your friend has and pays for the fuel.


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Old 12-22-2011, 08:46 AM   #5
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I've got a Judge 27CC with a single Suzuki 250. I usually cruise between 28 and 30 mph and get right at or better than 3mpg in most conditions.
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A friends boat is the most efficient boat!!!

Finding an efficient boat is going to be a game of compomise. Lightest hull, less powerful and lighter engine, no bottom paint. You'd most likely be looking for a single 4 stoke.

I have twin HPDI 150s which are fairly efficient but I'm sure new 4S would be better. I get 2.2 mpg on a 257 Grady CC which I think is pretty good. The hull and motors are just under 7,000. Get up on plane quick and back off the throttle. I cruise at 4100 at 31-33mph.

My cousin has a 22 Seaswirl striper with a single 225 SWII. It's a thirsty pig!! The hull is much lighter than mine and the ride really suffers. The hull tends to slap a lot which could be design too. I'd much prefer the heavier hull with a little more power. The grady isn't as smooth as a contender in the chop but it's a nice hull to consider.

Friend has a 24 Carolina Sea Chaser with a 250 Suzuki. 3mpg!

The specs on the new 257 Grady Fisherman show that the 350 V8 is more efficient that the 300 V6. Go figure!!! 2.74 mpg.
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I've got a Judge 27CC with a single Suzuki 250. I usually cruise between 28 and 30 mph and get right at or better than 3mpg in most conditions.



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My 23 Fountain (26' LOA) gets 3-3.5mpg light at 35mph with a single 225 Opti and runs 50mph. Thats about the best I have seen for a boat that can really go offshore on snotty days. Its also a fairly heavy 3 piece boat for its size.
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Is speed of concern? If not you should be looking for an inboard diesel. Something like a Shamrock or similar.
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Anything made from plywood/epoxy/glass in that size should get ~ 5 MPG at 25 MPH cruise with a 150 or less DFI or 4 stroke engine.
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Carolina Skiff 24 with a 115HP.
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Carolina Skiff 24 with a 115HP.
23' comment deleted due to my lack of comprehension, the op specified 24'-27' (my b)

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What year is your fountain?
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I fish on a 25ft Seahunt Gamefish with a Single Yamaha F300. At 3500rpm and 26MPH it gets 3.3-3.4MPG. I was surprised it did that well. That was with T-top, full curtains, 80lbs ice, gear, and three 'Bubba's." Top speed is around 50 loaded and 52 light IIRC. On a Stream trip earlier this year we burned 41 gallons and it is over 55 miles to the break here.

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Nice, my sea hunt triton 220 does very good on fuel. Unfortunately i get pounded in 2 foot seas. Post a picture of your 25 gamefish. Have you had many problems with your sea hunt?
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Panga 26 is probably the lightest hull with the narrow beam....some guys are running a 90hp on them, but most would consider a 150hp the minimum..
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If you're into bay boats, you can get up 5 mpg confirmed with a Pathfinder 2400V. Bottom line...you get your best mpg with the lightest, narrowest, longest, least deadrise, with four stroke or modern two stroke power.

Here's the 2400V Yamaha test report. Numbers compare well to my boat with a 225 hp Honda.
http://www.pathfinderboats.com/boat-...6&t=1774644338
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Default Angler Panga 1.7L DTI

My Angler Panga 26 foot with the 1.7L DTI is fuel miser. I installed Bennet trim tabs, it was slow to get on plane before that.
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Nice, my sea hunt triton 220 does very good on fuel. Unfortunately i get pounded in 2 foot seas. Post a picture of your 25 gamefish. Have you had many problems with your sea hunt?
Presnells,
Have you had many problems with your Sea Hunt? Just curious, b/c I remeber from an old post about posting pics of SH that you have not had it too long. I just puchased a 2010 SH 24 and would appreciate your thoughts about your SH. Feel free to PM so I don't derail your thread further.
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