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Old 01-13-2020, 02:42 PM   #1
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Gas powered trawler

Anyone cruising the Bahamas in a gas powered trawler?
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Old 01-13-2020, 02:43 PM   #2
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Probably not, as there are very few gas powered boats out there that people would consider to be a trawler. However, there are certainly gas powered boats capable of cruising the Bahamas.

Do you have a more specific question for something you want to buy or do?
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Old 01-13-2020, 03:01 PM   #3
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Old 01-13-2020, 03:04 PM   #4
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As noted probably few are no "trawlers", but quite a few gasser express cruisers I would guess.


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Old 01-13-2020, 03:04 PM   #5
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I have a 1985 Chris Craft 426 in freshwater top condition. Recently repowered with brand new fuel injection Mercruisers. Owned the boat for 20 years. Other than being gas a perfect boat for the Bahamas. (I’ve cruised there before in other boats) I know a vast majority of the boats cruising are diesel but considering the best boat is the one you own, just looking for comments.
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Old 01-13-2020, 03:18 PM   #6
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It would seem to come down to fuel range, gas availability, and waiting for appropriate weather windows. How far South do you plan to go?

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Old 01-13-2020, 03:34 PM   #7
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As long as you've got the fuel range for where you plan to go, I'd expect it's do-able in that boat. Given appropriate weather windows I'd consider the Bahamas do-able in my 38 foot Chris Craft with gas 454s in it.

It looks like a 426 carries 400 gallons of fuel, so assuming a 25% reserve, that means 300 gallons usable (which is what I figure for my 381 with 420 gallons capacity). Your fuel burn is probably similar to mine or a hair worse (newer, more efficient engines, but heavier boat). So to be a bit on the conservative side, figure a comfortable range of about 150nm on plane and around 350 miles at 6.5 - 7 kts. Good enough that if you take the initial hop to one of the closer islands (and plan to refuel there), you can make the crossing up on plane and get over there with plenty of daylight to spare.
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Old 01-13-2020, 03:49 PM   #8
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Lots of outboards in the Bahamas thus lots of gasoline. A center console with 3, 4, or 5! outboards uses a lot of fuel so it ought to be fresh too.
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Welcome aboard. I donít see a problem with doing the Bahamas with your boat.
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Old 01-13-2020, 04:19 PM   #10
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Recently repowered with brand new fuel injection Mercruisers.

What motor did you put in? I just repowered with a new Mercruiser, haven't tried it out yet, still in refit. My boat will be capable of 20 + knots and of course on plane, the fuel burn is wallet busting. But with 160 gallon tanks, doing a traditional 7 knot cruise, I have about 550 + miles. Basing this on my old Mercruiser removed which was less horsepower and when I got it, over propped. And it would do roughly 2 gal/hour at 7-8 knots.
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Repowered with 6.2 350 hp. Cruising at 21, topping out at 27-28. Took a bunch of weight off with losing the 454. Mostly though we run at hull speed. I’ll know more on fuel burn once we get all of the Vesselview installed.
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Old 01-13-2020, 05:42 PM   #12
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I just repowered with the very same motor 6.2 350 hp with Bravo 2 leg. My boat comes in "wet" at around 13500 pounds, what is the weight of yours. My old girl is 51 years old, express cruiser looking very much like an older Chris Craft, but isn't.

The reason I ask your boat weight is I'm trying to roughly figure out my upper end speed. You are the first person I've seen, let alone talked to with this new motor. The 20 hour break in will be painful as I will want to take it to WOT but won't.
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Old 01-13-2020, 05:53 PM   #13
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Well now I'm really curious as to how fast my boat will go. I phoned Merc in Wisconsin about which leg to install (really wanted the Bravo 3) but during the process asked them to guestimate my boats upper speed. I heard between 33 - 36 mph.
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Loaded probably 38-40g. Before I was running 18 cruise with a 23 wot. So far happy with the results.
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Old 01-14-2020, 07:48 AM   #15
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Fuel in the islands may be delivered to where you purchase it very casually.


A Baja filter while fueling is a worthwhile addition.
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Well now I'm really curious as to how fast my boat will go. I phoned Merc in Wisconsin about which leg to install (really wanted the Bravo 3) but during the process asked them to guestimate my boats upper speed. I heard between 33 - 36 mph.
Sounds fun. When will the WOT occur? Then the numbers will be known. We get to Denman and Comox routinely so don't rock us!
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I've seen a couple classic Mainship 34's with single mercruiser gas engines. 200-300hp range. Pricing out a repower I get it and the Mainship isn't really a trawler anyway.
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Mrwesson, I’d be interested in hearing your input re why the MS34 isn’t a trawler. I’ve thought that since before 2010 but kept quiet.
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Mrwesson, Iíd be interested in hearing your input re why the MS34 isnít a trawler. Iíve thought that since before 2010 but kept quiet.
Mrwesson please explain.
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I think the Mainship 34 is much closer to Downeast design than a trawler. Soft chines, full keel and ability to cruise at higher speeds than trawler/full displacement hulls. It fulfills its design criteria admirably. 34 Mainship is a nice boat.
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