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Old 03-07-2007, 12:36 PM
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Love the lines of this boat. Guess its a very good rough water ride too. Question is how slow will she troll down? Anyone have one with the twin diesels? Think it would troll down to 1.5-2mph?

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Old 03-07-2007, 01:01 PM
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To troll that slow with diesels, I would think you will either need trolling valves on the transmissions or bump in and out of gear.
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Old 03-07-2007, 01:05 PM
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woulda small kicker run this around (9.9-15hp)
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Old 03-07-2007, 01:16 PM
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You're kidding right? Trolling valves and you can go as slow as you want.
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Old 03-07-2007, 01:37 PM
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I had one with twin 200 Volvo diesels. 5 kts is as slow as it will go without trolling valves.
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I had one with the 170 yanmars and usually woul shut one down but was still making almost 4knts.
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Mine has 200 Volvo Diesels and using one engine I troll for Salmon in Puget Sound. Still a bit fast, but I have checked into adding trolling valves and it looks pretty easy to do. If I focused on salmon I would have it done, but that is a small part of what we fish for so it's on the list for now.
And yes it is a great riding boat!

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Old 03-07-2007, 04:45 PM
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So adding trolling valves would do the trick...what about having twin gas(5.7l)? I troll great lakes and VERY RARELY do you get up over 3mph usually 1.5-2.5mph.......

No wouldnt be kidding about the kicker if it would work...lol

How much is it to do trolling valves on a boat like this? Obviously this is something i need to consider if i go with twins.....
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Old 03-07-2007, 05:28 PM
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Trolling valves are only for diesels to the best of my knowledge. I would imagine it would be cheaper than buying a kicker motor and mount, not to mention how much better the transom looks with nothing hanging off of it.
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Old 03-07-2007, 05:32 PM
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Just shut down one engine, alternate engines each trip to keep hours even. That's how I troll for Rockfish. Assumnimg this is an inboard?
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Old 03-07-2007, 08:08 PM
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Troll on 1 motor, use trolling bags, or both. Bags have the added advantage of acting like stabilizing birds in rough water. 2 bags and 1 motor you can easily get below 2 mph.
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Old 03-08-2007, 12:44 PM
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trolling valves, bags, and one motor...really talkin control now...lol

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Old 03-08-2007, 10:34 PM
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CarpetBagger - 3/8/2007 12:44 PM

trolling valves, bags, and one motor...really talkin control now...lol
If you run bags you wont need trolling valves. $ 150 for a good pair of bags. Another advantage of bags is they allow you control speed better and your speed is more stable (less surging when going up or down sea.) Bags are routinely used by most serious guys on the Great Lakes for trolling in the 1.8 to 3 mph range.
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Old 03-09-2007, 04:05 AM
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with gas you could get down to about 3 I would say...we have a 27 with twin mercruiser horizon 5.7's
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Old 03-16-2007, 10:13 AM
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Trolling valves are available on "gas" motors. Now will albe build it that way, thats the bigger question
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Old 03-16-2007, 10:37 AM
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question for you guys with the 28' Albe gassers:
what kind of real life numbers do you get in terms of fuel burn? I have a few performance bulletins that Albe sent me with various gas configurations and they're quoting around 1.7 mpg at 26kts which I think is optimistic. I know these tests are done in ideal conditions but the reports usually state 3 people and anywhere from a half to 3/4 tank of fuel. So, reallistically, what has been your experience with fuel burn at cruise. Thanks for the input. I love this boat and it's on the short list.
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Old 03-16-2007, 11:00 AM
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Trolling valves would be the way to go. Shouldn't be an issue assuming you have the ZF gears in the boat. The Yanmar powered boats will typically troll the slowest.

Regarding economy on gas motors, those numbers are pretty close, but keep in mind that MPG number is not nautical miles per gallon. It's generally about 30 mph @ 1.7 mpg.
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I have a 2000 model 280 with 350 MPI Mercruisers. We run 45 miles (nautical) offshore to the stream usually in a head sea, (2.5 hours), and usually have a following sea on the way home, (2 hours). We typically troll for 8-10 hours. Total fuel burn both ways and trolling is around 120-130 gallons for the day. Don't have flowscans, but hope this helps.
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Old 03-16-2007, 11:31 AM
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i think when it comes down to it i would want the diesels. Fuel economy long life, only problem would be the maintence. I know nothing of diesel engines and it would all have to be done by someone.

I probaly would want to get the trolling valves. All of the trolling in lake erie is done at 1.5-2mph...i mean we are talkin a crawl here....i still would use bags but the ability to have complete control over speed is crutial to fishing the great lakes and i would take every possible option necessary to do so.

Was wondering a few things. What kind of MPG do u get on the diesels and how much would trolling valves cost to put on a boat like this...

I also like the looks of the 268...however i am thinking about using a boat for guiding trips once i get my license and the extra foot of beam is worth alot...

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Old 03-16-2007, 11:35 AM
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thorman - 3/16/2007 10:13 AM

Trolling valves are available on "gas" motors. Now will albe build it that way, thats the bigger question
Yep, you can get them on Crusader 6.0's in a Carolina Classic 28 now. Been looking into this myself.
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