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Old 05-08-2015, 02:06 PM   #1621
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Old 05-08-2015, 05:26 PM   #1622
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[QUOTE=Hendo78;328932]I took 'Tank' the tender out on the weekend for a test run. I even had a special guest tag along for the ride...

I can't believe how fuel efficient this Merc is. We drove around for 4 hrs and I can't tell how much fuel we used. The tank gauge didn't leave the full mark so I opened the tank and the fuel is almost spilling out. It doesn't go anywhere fast but it'll run on the smell of an oily rag


I have one of those motors and it runs all day on a tea cup of fuel. I have it on my dinghy a 13 foot gregor aluminum i use in the mountains trolling for trout. If i use a handle extension and sit up front the boat will plain maybe at 16/18mph. On my rubber dinghy i steer with my feet and she flies over the water lots of fun but hard to see were your going....
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Old 05-08-2015, 10:08 PM   #1623
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I took 'Tank' the tender out on the weekend for a test run. I even had a special guest tag along for the ride...

I can't believe how fuel efficient this Merc is. We drove around for 4 hrs and I can't tell how much fuel we used. The tank gauge didn't leave the full mark so I opened the tank and the fuel is almost spilling out. It doesn't go anywhere fast but it'll run on the smell of an oily rag


I have one of those motors and it runs all day on a tea cup of fuel. I have it on my dinghy a 13 foot gregor aluminum i use in the mountains trolling for trout. If i use a handle extension and sit up front the boat will plain maybe at 16/18mph. On my rubber dinghy i steer with my feet and she flies over the water lots of fun but hard to see were your going....
Hey guys - You know anything regarding fuel consumption on Mercs in the 50 hp range (I'll also do a net search). What you get for "cups" of gas per day on small Mercs seems impressive. Although I currently get approx 20 mpg at 25 mph on my 1975 Johnson 50 hp o/b... if I could double that mileage I m might be interested in purchasing a new Merc. That is as long as the Merc still provides same actual hp/torque of the old Johnson.

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Well now! Gonna have to name the Dink. Maybe "Axe Handle" ?

Great to see the Admiral smile again, now you Matt, gotta work on yours.
What about "Axe to Ground" - play on 'axe to grind' - get it..?

Only in this case it gets you from the Axe, to the ground (land) - just flying a kite for fun here - sort of play on words…nah…probably not...
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Old 05-09-2015, 12:58 AM   #1625
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What about "Axe to Ground" - play on 'axe to grind' - get it..?

Only in this case it gets you from the Axe, to the ground (land) - just flying a kite for fun here - sort of play on words…nah…probably not...
Another great name!

Just realized this thread is now 82 pages long! Keep at it Matt, maybe another 82?

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Old 05-09-2015, 05:28 AM   #1626
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Ok had a late start due to a sleep in lol and then I I couldn't really get started for one reason or another. Couldn't do that because of that reason and Couldn't do that because of that reason and so on. I did manage to cut the Glosswood VJ lining boards but then my gun kept jamming (dodgy nails i think) so fluffed around and did some cleaning up and shuffling things around so I had a clear area for when I get back down there.

Some days ta just gotta cut off and turn it loose and come back another day when the bad vibe has buggered off.

I worked out I need another two packs of 3600 long Glosswood packs to get the ceilings done so I'll grab them during the week. I'll also grab the right nails for my gun and hopefully have the ceiling fitted off during the week and on the weekend I'll jump up top, lift the ply off, chuck in the sound proofing and insulation then glue and screw the sheets off then roll out the glass cloth and sheath the whole roof.

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Yeah Matt, you'll knock that all off in a good old Aussie coupladays…no sweat...
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Ok had a late start due to a sleep in lol and then I I couldn't really get started for one reason or another. Couldn't do that because of that reason and Couldn't do that because of that reason and so on. I did manage to cut the Glosswood VJ lining boards but then my gun kept jamming (dodgy nails i think) so fluffed around and did some cleaning up and shuffling things around so I had a clear area for when I get back down there.

Some days ta just gotta cut off and turn it loose and come back another day when the bad vibe has buggered off.

I worked out I need another two packs of 3600 long Glosswood packs to get the ceilings done so I'll grab them during the week. I'll also grab the right nails for my gun and hopefully have the ceiling fitted off during the week and on the weekend I'll jump up top, lift the ply off, chuck in the sound proofing and insulation then glue and screw the sheets off then roll out the glass cloth and sheath the whole roof.

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Oh damn... I just woke up... Sorry Matt that's not you I was dreaming about, but rather it was my lazy next door neighbor! Forgive me bout that Matt - your work ethics should be carved in stone at city hall for growing-up kids to read about and taught to understand. Couple million folks who work like you and the civilization just might make it into the 22nd Century before imploding.

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It's great to see you back at it, Matt. I'm so happy for you that things are working out.

The sedan cruiser in your photos looks like a copy of your design. You'd better look into that.

You and Rick keep after your building projects. When you guys are down us old farts have nothing to live for. Fernando is no entertainment anymore. He is just enjoying his beautiful boat.
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Hey guys - You know anything regarding fuel consumption on Mercs in the 50 hp range (I'll also do a net search). What you get for "cups" of gas per day on small Mercs seems impressive. Although I currently get approx 20 mpg at 25 mph on my 1975 Johnson 50 hp o/b... if I could double that mileage I m might be interested in purchasing a new Merc. That is as long as the Merc still provides same actual hp/torque of the old Johnson.

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on my 2011 Wooldridge Alaskan I have a 115 merc with the upgraded smart craft engine controls and i can troll slower using less fuel with the 115 than i can with the 9.9 merc i also have on that boat. Wished I would have saved the $3500 US dollars I spent on the 9.9 when i found that out.
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Old 05-10-2015, 08:50 PM   #1631
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on my 2011 Wooldridge Alaskan I have a 115 merc with the upgraded smart craft engine controls and i can troll slower using less fuel with the 115 than i can with the 9.9 merc i also have on that boat. Wished I would have saved the $3500 US dollars I spent on the 9.9 when i found that out.
Wow... that's amazing Britt. Thanks for reply.

What type fuel usage per hr does your 115 merc average at cruise speed; lets say 3500 to 3700 rpm? Also, what size boat and what is cruise speed for your boat... as a matter of interest... what is your speed at WOT?

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Syntax? For the dinghy, I mean?
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Wow... that's amazing Britt. Thanks for reply.

What type fuel usage per hr does your 115 merc average at cruise speed; lets say 3500 to 3700 rpm? Also, what size boat and what is cruise speed for your boat... as a matter of interest... what is your speed at WOT?

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The wot is 6000rpm, heres a boat test link

Mercury 115 EFI Outboard, Control System 2013 Engine Test / Reviews Videos, Specs, Fast Facts, Captain reports | BoatTEST.com

here is info on my boat. In fact there is a picture of my boat at the website.

Alaskan | Wooldridge Boats

My Alaskan has a 38 gallon tank and while i have never taken the time for exact numbers everytime i think i have to be breathing fuems I end up with over 1/2 tank. I have a bad habit of keeping her full cause you never know what might happen on the water even in inland waterways. The engine is equipped with the smart craft system which gives you instant fuel consumption, gallons remaining in tank and just about any other parameter you could ask for on the digital read out.
I tell you when i bought that engine i was simply blown away by the way it performed and the economy. All it does is sniff gas I think. Have it set up to run either a jet or prop. Mostly use the prop cause it is faster than the jet and doesn't keep clogging up with seaweed and crap. I have no experiance with merc 50's. Outboards are so darmed expensive mate I hate to buy them but they do have lots of good points.
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Old 05-11-2015, 12:01 AM   #1634
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Thanks, again Britt. I'll review the link.

Let's give this thread back to Matt, and AXE ...
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Old 05-11-2015, 08:24 AM   #1636
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TY Matt!

Since Britt provided Merc link I read it all. Sent inquiry (regarding 50 hp merc o/b which I'm interested to learn stats about) to designated person at mercmarine.com. He returns from vacation today... may be a bit till he provides answer/stat-page. Will post here if items are interesting - which they probably will be!
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Hey all.
Popped in to AXE after work and started on the roof/side/wing thingy tried taking some pics for y'all but they turned out sh*t but anyway here they are. Talk to you tomorrow.

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Got down to the boat a bit earlier today so snuck in a quick pic before it got dark.

Today I started on the STBD side with the installation of the 100x50 steel roof beam.

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You're getting into the nit-grit of finish work - Stay true to yourself and realize that perfection is to be strived for but seldom if ever attained. Therefore... recognizing that you are a perfectionist... I recommend you place a limit on time spent to reach perfection during each "finish" sequence. The real perfection is when AXE gets into cruising you around to have all the fun and joy "that" sequence will provide!

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You're getting into the nit-grit of finish work - Stay true to yourself and realize that perfection is to be strived for but seldom if ever attained. Therefore... recognizing that you are a perfectionist... I recommend you place a limit on time spent to reach perfection during each "finish" sequence. The real perfection is when AXE gets into cruising you around to have all the fun and joy "that" sequence will provide!

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..Art, for some people good enough is not good enough. I tend to be one of those people that is not satisfied unless perfect. Many laughed at me in the early days shaking their heads as they walked away but over the years people came to respect my work and I began to capitalize on that reputation without even trying. I would get calls, letters, requesting my services offering very substantial monetary compensation just to over see a project or look over prints. Each request was a nice compliment for past labors.
My point is there is nothing wrong with perfection and it can be very profitable in the long term. Hendo has already begun to achieve such a reputation, a man after my own heart!
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