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Old 09-03-2013, 06:04 PM
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Have 24' Yamaha jet boat currently but i have this bug about having a pocket cruiser where myself wife and 6 yr old kid can spend a weekend and also cruise some distance without breaking bank. I live in VA and have access to Chesapeake bay very easily.

When i look at any cruiser more than the cost of the boat, operating cost is so expensive. When i hear cruisers burn like 35 gallons per hr. i cannot wrap my mind around spending that insane money or gas or fuel. Near my house i see lot of marinas filled with 35' to 40' who paid more than 100k for boats and end up sitting in marina and paying 5k per year and not able to operate anymore at all.

Is there a better compromise for all this and what is really achievable and enjoyable?.

Are you guys also think like me or am i just not suitable for this recreation. I come from a background of RV. I use to have v10 Ford based class C and use to give me 7 mpg and not economical to travel so i swapped it to V6 Diesel sprinter based RV and it gives me 15 or 16 mpg and totally enjoy traveling now.

I want same in boating.

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You can get a 25-29 ish boat with 4 stroke outboards and still be in the 15-20 gph range at 30 mph cruise. It will be tight to sleep three, but doable, especially if you don't care if you have a cockpit with room to fish. Get something with an aft cabin and you should have enough space for tight quarters sleeping.
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:25 PM
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Smokey, I have wondered the same thing. Something in the 30ish range is probably in our future, and I really like the sport fish and fly bridge sedans, but looking at displacement numbers, I am wondering if an express cruiser would be more economical. Whatever I get, I really want to focus on diesel only. If it was only for cruising and weekending, I would be shooting for a single diesel trawler, but I enjoy fishing and prefer something reasonable for sport fishing.

I am very interested in hearing what the guys on here chime in with.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:04 PM
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our first boat was a 26 Bayliner that we overnighted on all the time with a newborn. We trailered it too. It was only 8.5 ft wide and had a single 350......burned less than 10 gallons per hour. It was small but do-able.
I later had a cigarette boat that did burn 35 gal per hour (and cruised 60mph). The size and speed were a HUGE improvement but it did cost to play!!!
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:18 PM
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You can get a 25-29 ish boat with 4 stroke outboards and still be in the 15-20 gph range at 30 mph cruise. It will be tight to sleep three, but doable, especially if you don't care if you have a cockpit with room to fish. Get something with an aft cabin and you should have enough space for tight quarters sleeping.
Yep, that's my boat from the economy perspective. Good fishing boat for the Bay and we (family of 4) can overnight for a weekend in reasonable comfort. The mid-cabin, often referred to as the kids cave, is great for the kids and the wife and I sleep in the bow. Boat has a/c, which is nearly a must if you plan to overnight in marinas. Have yet to hang on the hook for a night but I might try it this fall.

Of course, my boat is nearly 11' wide and tough to trailer...If it were much narrower, I think a lot of the comfort and fishability would go away...
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Something like a 27' Sundancer with a single I/O might be a nice option. It has enough room to get by for a weekend, it's pretty efficient, and trailers pretty well. One my my friends has this boat and he takes it everywhere with his wife and two young children. They spend nearly every weekend on it in the summer.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:33 PM
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C-Dory with a Honda Four Stroke. They handle big water pretty well, too. I see them on L. Superior all the time. There are a bunch of used ones on YachtWorld.
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