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Old 02-27-2011, 06:23 AM
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Originally Posted by FireFly View Post
$5 gas? Haha - Gas at the marina will be $7.50 per gallon 4th of July weekend.
You make a valid point; gas will be more at the fuel docks, so $7.50 would not be an unreasonable estimate.

Would $7.50 per gallon be enough to make anyone trade down? I mean everyone has a breaking point right.



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Old 02-27-2011, 06:32 AM
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Originally Posted by nabeelah View Post
I dont live in the US but am happy to have a displacement cat that was designed for me with twin 150hp John Deeres.Design estimated -trolling at 7 knots approx 4 litres/hr cruise 18 knots 20 litres in total/hr!!

Post some pics of that rig!
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My plan is to get a bigger boat and grow my own corn onboard....
I'll show them...
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:06 AM
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My plan is to get a bigger boat and grow my own corn onboard....
I'll show them...
And you might be eligable to receive a federal subsidy. I like the way you think!
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:23 AM
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Another way is to trade for another large boat, but one without a deep v that is designed to run without pounding at a slow speed (20 knots or less). Takes a while to get where you are going, but much more wallet friendly. You may even be slow enough to look at the fishfinder while driving and see something worth stopping for along the way. You might even discover a new fishing drop closer to home!
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:36 AM
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Originally Posted by FireFly View Post
It's a shame you don't have strong currents on the big lake in Maine like we have on the Mac. This year I plan to drift out with the tide and then back in again 6 hours later without ever firing up the Yammy.

That hurt Joe.

On the plus side I don't have to deal with .001% of the idiots you do.

How's that feel?
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:40 AM
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Where high fuel prices will hurt boating is in everyday items that we need to survive. While you may be willing to pay $5 for gas you may not have that option when your electric bill goes up 40%, your weekly food costs rise 30% and you make the same amount of money. Fun time spending tends to be the first to go in tight times.
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Originally Posted by Top_Cat View Post
My plan is to get a bigger boat and grow my own corn onboard....
I'll show them...
I like the spunk, but, um, who will you be showing?
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Old 02-27-2011, 09:47 AM
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You can fish from a sailboat ya' know.

There is a sail powered downeast, complete with greensticks, outriggers, and longline reels on yachtworld somewhere.

Just have to have more time than money.

Here is the boat, called freedom. "Shes a 60 footer...2 greensticks, 3 mile longline, bandit reels, and a nice kitty cat 3208 (I think) for power. Think she can pack 5000lbs of meat. "


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Old 02-27-2011, 10:58 AM
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Where high fuel prices will hurt boating is in everyday items that we need to survive. While you may be willing to pay $5 for gas you may not have that option when your electric bill goes up 40%, your weekly food costs rise 30% and you make the same amount of money. Fun time spending tends to be the first to go in tight times.
I agree, it's interesting, around here on the S/W part of lake Michigan, I have had two different harbors give our nonprofit fishing club a total of 3 slips and 2 yearly launch ramp passes free of charge for us to raffle off to raise money for the club. This is the first time they have ever offered this and the harbors vacancy rates are climbing every year. Higher fuel prices will hurt them even more. I wonder what next year will be like?
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:33 PM
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Our typical day of fishing averaged about 65 miles of running and 5-6 hrs of trolling. We used about 45 gallons ($146.25 @ $3.25 gal) on that typical trip. We normally divided that by 3 (about $50 ea). We would have to eat and drink anyway so I don't consider that. You can barely stay home for $50 per day. If gas goes to $4.50 per gallon and we go farther on my bigger 2 mpg boat then the numbers will change. Let's say we run 100 miles and troll the same. Now we are around 75 gallons @ $4.50 = $112.50 each. Hum, that's twice as much. Maybe if gas does go up that much I will just bide my time for 3 more years (both kids out of college) and fish like I have been (staying inside 25 miles). Then we are back to 57.5 gallons @ $4.50 = $86.25 each, that's doable. Kids out of college will free up $3000 per month, that'll buy a lot of gas.
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Originally Posted by Pursuit2470 View Post
I'm @ 24 ft with a fairly fuel efficient, single late model 300HP single. It is keeping me from pulling the trigger on on a 30-32. Not the only reason, but a definite consideration.
Just buy that bigger boat Steve. You don't need that lil 24!! Lol Mike
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Originally Posted by Brett1 View Post
Where high fuel prices will hurt boating is in everyday items that we need to survive. While you may be willing to pay $5 for gas you may not have that option when your electric bill goes up 40%, your weekly food costs rise 30% and you make the same amount of money. Fun time spending tends to be the first to go in tight times.
True dat!

I take it you're not downsizing the YF?
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:33 PM
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In 2008 we switched from a H&H Osmand Beal 40 to a General Marine 26 and things havent been better. We have gone from 18knots at 24GPH to 18 knots at 6GPH. We still have fished in the tournaments, still have caught bluefin and day in day out can't be beat. Just the dockage savings alone has given us more money. This past Oak Bluffs Shark tournament on the 2nd day we were going toe to toe in 7-10' seas with a Cabo 45, 35, another downeast and a couple of blackfins. Sure we were all doing 10 knots but we missed 5th place by just a few pounds on a 270lb thresher. Our tournament costs were down by half, just basically another hotel room. I will say though, I miss our air conditioned salon BIGTIME! I guess we are just not the people that sit at the dock, just like to fish hard!
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