View Poll Results: How many hours do you put on your engines per year? If own multiple boats, put total.
0-25 hours 1 1.59%
25-50 hours 2 3.17%
50-75 hours 0 0%
75-100 hours 8 12.70%
100-150 hours 16 25.40%
150-200 hours 10 15.87%
200-300 hours 5 7.94%
300-500 hours 11 17.46%
500-1000 hours 8 12.70%
Over 1000 hours 2 3.17%
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Old 08-25-2015, 10:04 AM   #21
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My hours of enjoyment on the boat far exceed the engine hours.
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Old 08-26-2015, 10:07 AM   #22
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Before retirement 200/year. After retirement 400-500/year.
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Old 08-26-2015, 11:04 AM   #23
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My hours of enjoyment on the boat far exceed the engine hours.

Exactly. An hour spent on the boat piddling around beats 2 on the lawnmower going in circles.

Regarding my vessel: last year was 110 hours doing the delivery. Then about 30 hours while at home. This summer is looking like 16 hours a month for the 4 months of use so far. I was hoping to get a little more use but kids, grandkids and camping take a toll on the available time.
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Old 08-26-2015, 12:07 PM   #24
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The mean to this point is 303 hours. The median is 175 hours.
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Old 08-26-2015, 12:12 PM   #25
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The mean to this point is 303 hours. The median is 175 hours.
Pretty impressive and speaks to the type of users on this site. I think those numbers are much, much higher than the average boater, but then again I think most of us would consider boating a lifestyle choice rather than a hobby.

I'd also point out that many of us have slower boats, or at least operate them slower than the average express cruiser type of boat. Most of our friends that we boat with travel at twice our speeds or more, so we generally put a lot more hours on the main engine than they do.
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Old 08-26-2015, 01:30 PM   #26
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We average just north of 300hrs, but hoping to move a bit more than we have been in the future.
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Old 08-26-2015, 01:49 PM   #27
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Pretty impressive and speaks to the type of users on this site. I think those numbers are much, much higher than the average boater, but then again I think most of us would consider boating a lifestyle choice rather than a hobby.
Some on this forum are working in the marine charter business or other commercial ventures and counting those hours in the total. To compare apples with apples, perhaps the poll should reflect recreational use only.
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Old 08-26-2015, 04:39 PM   #28
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And those who live aboard or who are able to do extended cruising also skew the numbers a bit. That said, I seem to recall reading a report from BoatUS at some point that said the average usage is 50-100 hours per year, although I just tried to find it on the website and no luck. I still think this group well exceeds that average.
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Old 08-26-2015, 04:42 PM   #29
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Some might be too embarrassed to post their low hours.
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Before retirement 200/year. After retirement 400-500/year.
And you probably covered as many miles as a trawler that logged 1000 hours a year.
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And those who live aboard or who are able to do extended cruising also skew the numbers a bit. That said, I seem to recall reading a report from BoatUS at some point that said the average usage is 50-100 hours per year, although I just tried to find it on the website and no luck. I still think this group well exceeds that average.
Oh, I don't expect these numbers to reflect the average boat owner. We are a narrower demographic. The 50-100 hours for the average is what I've heard and believe as well. That number's a little high even as you have so many who barely use it. I've known boat owners who used it one week a year. I knew people who lived on the lake and would take perhaps a 2 hour ride every other week during warm weathy. They'd use it less than 25 hours.
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And you probably covered as many miles as a trawler that logged 1000 hours a year.
Actually, not all that many, typically 2000-2500 nm/year.

We cruise mostly at 6-6.5 knots, though we can do 18 if we wish.
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