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Old 05-19-2017, 06:52 AM
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Another thread here Verados caught my interest and Made me curious. I have a 1775 Lund Impact with a 115 hp 4 stroke that does 42 MPH or so WOT. I usually run maybe 25 MPH to 30 MPH for several reasons, mainly economy and not being in that much of a hurry, also because floating obstacles can appear very quickly, not leaving much time to react. The result of my slower speed results in excellent fuel economy and possibly longer engine life. I do however, on a very calm morning, like to open 'er up and let 'er rip. I talked to a guy on Vermilion last year with a big Pro V and a 300 hp Verado. He said @ Wot it would burn 30 GPH. I can fish that lake all week and not use much more fuel than that. My question is: what size motor do you have on your boat, and how do you run it and why?

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Old 05-19-2017, 07:26 AM
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I have a 200 HPDI Yamaha engine on a Skeeter MX 1825. My buddy has a 60 tiller.
When we are in Canada we travel together to our fishing spots and travel at 26-28 MPH. Saves on fuel and I am not in a hurry to get down the lake. Mind you, I will open her up a little from time to time and can push to 54 MPH occasionally. I do so sparingly due to the price of fuel in Canada.
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Old 05-19-2017, 07:52 AM
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i have a 2014 Impact with a Merc 115 4s im always WOT . I usually fish a location then jump to the next one and depending on the time of day it can be a few miles one way then back to were i was a few hours later. I likely have over 400+ hours on the boat and yet my motor only has about 58 hours on it. Here is a thought , when you buy/sell a used boat people want to know how many hours on the engine, they dont ask at what speed did you go. The slower you go the more hours you put on it.
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Old 05-19-2017, 08:48 AM
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Interesting point. My 1999 Honda 130 has over 2500 hours on it I pulled a lot of cranks with it and only got a kicker 3 years ago..
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Old 05-19-2017, 10:05 AM
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If 2 boats were the same and one drove 30% slower, when the first boat hit 300ish hours the slower boat would be at 400ish hours. Average guy does 50 hours a year so the slower boat has 2 extra years on it. So when you sell it how much less do you get for having higher hours on the motor ? Save on fuel but get less on resale. Two identical boats are for sale 1 has 300 hours on it the other has 400 which one would you buy ?

Just one way to look at it i guess
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Old 05-19-2017, 10:37 AM
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If 2 boats were the same and one drove 30% slower, when the first boat hit 300ish hours the slower boat would be at 400ish hours. Average guy does 50 hours a year so the slower boat has 2 extra years on it. So when you sell it how much less do you get for having higher hours on the motor ? Save on fuel but get less on resale.

Just one way to look at it i guess
Of all the stuff I read online, this is probably the single best post EVER.

I usually cruise at 3500 - 4000 RPMS with my IO's, and 5000 - 5500 with my Verado.

But in the name of resale, I'm throwing the sticks in the basement every where I go for now on
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Old 05-19-2017, 01:33 PM
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I am a typical user and put 50 hours/ year on an E-tec 135 H.O.. When I'm on a bigger lake like Lake Winnie or Leech, I am burning through 6-8 gallons of fuel per day, and if it is calm, we are running WOT (5600 RPM) to get to the next fishing spot. When I travel to Canada 6-8 times a year with my boat, we run anywhere from 20-40 minutes to our fishing spots on the lake we fish. There I tend to run 4000-4500 RPM's (due to hazards), and seem to still burn through 6-8 gallons of fuel a day. Longer runs, but same amount of fuel used.

My point is that my use varies greatly. I know the Bass guys are constantly doing gun & run type of driving constantly between spots and modern outboards seem well equipped to handle constant WOT running. So when the opportunity presents itself, I run her hard. It puts a smile on my face. Fuel is cheap. :-)
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Old 05-19-2017, 02:01 PM
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WOT. 75 Merc tiller
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Old 05-19-2017, 02:07 PM
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Why in the world would one let resale influence the way that you operate your boat.

I assume that you purchased the boat to be used as a tool for doing your jog - whether it is recreation, fishing or something else.

You purchased the boat and motor. Drive the boat and motor in the ways that give you happiness, no matter if it is 5 mph or 105 mph.

Resale will be what resale will be.

Have a wonderful day.

be safe
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Old 05-19-2017, 04:10 PM
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that wasn't the point i was making. If someone drives slow on purpose to save gas and saves $2000 on fuel in 5 years , but looses $2000 on resale they might as will driven it wide open or how ever they wanted.
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