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Old 04-05-2011, 05:05 PM   #1
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from fuel hog to hyper-efficient?

I have been looking at many boats to mainly day cruise SE Alaska and have found a few pocket trawlers I like but are out of my price range a bit for now. That said I have fallen in love with Uniflites and*Tollycrafts mainly because of a seemingly tough hull and amazing room with livaboard potential.*

Problem is I would like to an efficient diesel 50hp or less type boat not Old twin chryslers as power. Considering I only want displacement speed could one convert to a smaller engine and push a 26-34 Tollycraft at displacement safely? I only have 10 grand to work with as of yet.

I am sure buying an Albin 25 cruiser would be much less hassle anyway but seems a family/friend would enjoy a Tollycraft much more for a slow cruise.

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Old 04-05-2011, 07:55 PM   #2
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El,* Switching from gas to diesel engines is not an inexpensive project.

You can get pretty decent fuel economy if you just run what you have at displacement speed.

If you are talking twins, some members have been pretty happy running one engine at a time.

If you had to buy two engines and put them in I do not think 10k would go very far, but it does buy quite a bit of gas. About 2500 gallons or so.

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elhewman wrote:I have been looking at many boats to mainly day cruise SE Alaska and have found a few pocket trawlers I like but are out of my price range a bit for now. That said I have fallen in love with Uniflites and*Tollycrafts mainly because of a seemingly tough hull and amazing room with livaboard potential.*
Problem is I would like to an efficient diesel 50hp or less type boat not Old twin chryslers as power. Considering I only want displacement speed could one convert to a smaller engine and push a 26-34 Tollycraft at displacement safely? I only have 10 grand to work with as of yet.

I am sure buying an Albin 25 cruiser would be much less hassle anyway but seems a family/friend would enjoy a Tollycraft much more for a slow cruise.

Thanks in advance
Hi Elhewman - I currently own a 1977 34' Tollycraft tri cabin with very low hour*twin 255*hp 350 cid Mercruisers... simply a great boat!* We've owned*Tolly sinse summer 08.**June 2010 I sold a twin screw*31' Uniflite sedan sport fisher... also a very nice boat!* Owned her for about a year.* I know a bit about*Tolly's and Uni's.* If you have specific questions feel free to ask.* I'll do my best to answer correctly and will tell you if I don't know.* Good luck in your search for a boat you'll enjoy! - Art**

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RE: from fuel hog to hyper-efficient?

Yeah, good point. Forgive my mechanically retarded question but could i ditch one of the old gas engines and put in a small diesel or for that . The particular boat i am looking at has twin engines. Why I am asking this question is because I can find used diesels in the 40-70hp range at reasonable prices. That said the installation even if I get help with preliminary work would probably kill me.

Though I asked another forum this question, Ill ask somebody you friendly folks too. What would you do with a 10,000 dollar budget? I want more guest room for cruising so a sailboat wont do and i want small diesel power 50 hp or less range. Buying an Albin 25 or similar type boat is winning my interest right now. But conversion of old hulls or finding a commercial troller(not wood), small tug boat ect. is inviting as well. But Nothing in the price range has been found thus far. Anything pocket trawler like sounds great unless my crazy tollycraft idea would work which it sounds like it won't.

Best deals i have found. thus far
Albin 25 hull with no motor or trailer for 2500.00 on the east coast.
1969 34' tollycraft tired engines possibly 7000.00 minimum
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elhewman wrote:Yeah, good point. Forgive my mechanically retarded question but could i ditch one of the old gas engines and put in a small diesel or for that . The particular boat i am looking at has twin engines. Why I am asking this question is because I can find used diesels in the 40-70hp range at reasonable prices. That said the installation even if I get help with preliminary work would probably kill me.

Though I asked another forum this question, Ill ask somebody you friendly folks too. What would you do with a 10,000 dollar budget? I want more guest room for cruising so a sailboat wont do and i want small diesel power 50 hp or less range. Buying an Albin 25 or similar type boat is winning my interest right now. But conversion of old hulls or finding a commercial troller(not wood), small tug boat ect. is inviting as well. But Nothing in the price range has been found thus far. Anything pocket trawler like sounds great unless my crazy tollycraft idea would work which it sounds like it won't.

Best deals i have found. thus far
Albin 25 hull with no motor or trailer for 2500.00 on the east coast.
1969 34' tollycraft tired engines possibly 7000.00 minimum
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RE: from fuel hog to hyper-efficient?

Buy a small sailboat. Your budget won't allow anything else. IMHO!!!
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Some observations and comments:

1.* Buying a twin gas engine Tolly and trying to replace both engines and transmissions with two diesels, plus the expense of reconfiguration of the fuel system would be way over $10K.

2.* Replacing only one of the engines with a diesel kind of defeats the purpose of having two matched and syncronized powerplants.* Plus you would still need to reconfigure half the fuel tanks to diesel and keep half as gas.*

3.* Running on only one of the engines will work but you sacrifice handling and course keeping.* With one engine power you will always be fighting the rudder to keep her going where you want her to go.* And it just gets worse trying to dock a twin engine boat with only one engine running.

4.* I would respectfully suggest you keep looking for a single engine, diesel powered boat in your price range and forget trying to jury-rig a solution.* The Albin 25 is a good compromise - low initial cost and an economical diesel engine.
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1.* Buying a twin gas engine Tolly and trying to replace both engines and transmissions with two diesels, plus the expense of reconfiguration of the fuel system would be way over $10K.

2.* Replacing only one of the engines with a diesel kind of defeats the purpose of having two matched and syncronized powerplants.* Plus you would still need to reconfigure half the fuel tanks to diesel and keep half as gas.*

3.* Running on only one of the engines will work but you sacrifice handling and course keeping.* With one engine power you will always be fighting the rudder to keep her going where you want her to go.* And it just gets worse trying to dock a twin engine boat with only one engine running.

4.* I would respectfully suggest you keep looking for a single engine, diesel powered boat in your price range and forget trying to jury-rig a solution.* The Albin 25 is a good compromise - low initial cost and an economical diesel engine.
I agree with Steppen and think you need to go back to the drawing board.* Honestly... you need more $$$$ and a better plan.* Good luck, I wish you the best! - Art

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Thanks for the Honest input guys. Sometimes boat lust can make anyone look stupid...especially a guy that is new to big boats. I Think a Small single engine craft will be plenty of learning curve, but not so much to overwhelm me. I like water time more than project time. Like I said earlier, a single engine displacement hull craft like Albin 25 or Allweatherboats (AK brand) type sounds like seaworthy winner to me. Perhaps I will need to save a year or two more.


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RE: from fuel hog to hyper-efficient?

If you can find an Allweather boat for 10K... BUY IT! They are great no nonsense cruisers but I don't think they come on the market that often (especially for 10k).
The Albin is a good choice also-lots of fun in a small package. I owned one with a 28hp VOLVO diesel. I would still own it today but it was just to small for me (6'4, 265).
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AS a start find a boat you can use AS IS.

The cost and complexity of changing from twins to a single , or even just repowering a single will eat your budget.

The Albin 25 has a CPP , and a Sabb of Norway engine that is no longer supported.

They will fit on a trailer , so IF you found one anywhere , you could draG IT HOIME.

With little cash a modern diesel (Kubota or Yanmar used reefer engine) could be installed .

The key here is used , and non marine sourcing.
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Problem is I would like to an efficient diesel 50hp or less type boat not Old twin chryslers as power. Considering I only want displacement speed could one convert to a smaller engine and push a 26-34 Tollycraft at displacement safely? I only have 10 grand to work with as of yet.

I am sure buying an Albin 25 cruiser would be much less hassle anyway but seems a family/friend would enjoy a Tollycraft much more for a slow cruise.

Thanks in advance
elhewman - Not knowing your location:* To locate many ads on Tollycraft and Uniflite boats, go to Seattle W*and/or Portland O Craigslist.**Also, Yachtworld.* Many* boats of both brands*are offered at low costs.* I believe some owners are needing to off load their boats ASAP... so... don't be affraid to make an offer*YOU can afford.* The owner just*might accept! - Best of luck, Art*

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Thanks Guys. Been looking at checklists an trawlers And it is pretty overwhelming on most. I saw a CHB trawler(engine issue) for A possible 10 grand and realized that there was on heck of a lot more to worry about than just the engine problems. The Albin 25 or similar would be plenty of work for me and plenty simple. Like FF said finding a boat that runs as is sounds like the obvious plan. Who would have thought

As for my location I am in Sitka AK. When I mean business I run a fast 16ft skiff and kill deer and catch fish. I just want an efficient sea worthy slow trawler to mainly relax with my family in. Plenty of close bays to camp in but I still would take the occasional week long trip.
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...*I just want an efficient sea worthy slow trawler to mainly relax with my family in. Plenty of close bays to camp in but I still would take the occasional week long trip.
*Know*how you feel.* On my last Alaskan cruise (mid-2010), I saw this blue-hulled trawler and told myself "I need one too."



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...........*What would you do with a 10,000 dollar budget?

You'll have a hard time finding an 18' bow rider in good condition for $10,000, much less any sort of cruising boat.* Remember, there are operating costs and maintenance costs, it's not just the up front purchase cost.

I pay nearly half of that for my slip.* Each year.*

Any boat that you can buy over 20' long for that budget will be nothing but a constant headache.* If you save that $10K until you have three or four more of them, you can get in the ballgame.
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elhewman wrote:Thanks Guys. Been looking at checklists an trawlers And it is pretty overwhelming on most. I saw a CHB trawler(engine issue) for A possible 10 grand and realized that there was on heck of a lot more to worry about than just the engine problems. The Albin 25 or similar would be plenty of work for me and plenty simple. Like FF said finding a boat that runs as is sounds like the obvious plan. Who would have thought

As for my location I am in Sitka AK. When I mean business I run a fast 16ft skiff and kill deer and catch fish. I just want an efficient sea worthy slow trawler to mainly relax with my family in. Plenty of close bays to camp in but I still would take the occasional week long trip.
Elhewman *Believe it or not... OK boats DO exist in, or even*under,*your $10K purchase price range.* However, as was Rwidman mentioned... the upfront cost is just the beginning.* Depending on dockage and repair/maintain costs $4K annual is on the low end.* 2 x that annual*is not out of the question.* See the ad link on SF Bay Area CL.* Some people simply want to basically liquidate their craft.* IF... this Uni is in as good condition as stated (be careful I notice inconsistency re engines described), it's a good buy.* I know... I sold a duplicate Uniflite (even the same 1973 year) last June... she was a twin screw beaut.* If this one is good cond, and you had inexpensive way to transport to Sitka that might work for ya!* If not keep your eyes open, some OK boats are being sold pennies on the dollar.* Dont wait long to look into this one if youre interested probably wont last too long Best Luck! Art *- - > BTW If you want to learn how to keep both engines operational and greatly improve your GPH on a twin screw... PM me.

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How much fiberglass work are you capable and willing to do?
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There are repowered boats around allthough few and far between that might suit you, other than the Albins. I see many Albin 25 in my area and a few Yars (darn few) which seem to be good little displacement boats, both with around 30 hp engines. You need to look at all the sources such as Yacht world, Craigs list, newspapers, magazines, talk to people, and brokers.

I know of two gas boats that were repowered with small diesels. Not many I know but they are around.
One was a 31' Uniflite (twin to the above) with two 60hp Isuzus - I see it every time I go to the marina.
The other was a 28 Tolly, big deck, small cabin sportfisher model, mid 70's that a fellow redid with two 60hp perkins. This boat I haven't seen for many years but it was nice.
Both were turned into 6-7 knot boats.
Both though were redone by the owners with used , running take out engines.
No idea what the cost was though as I see/saw them long after the conversions.

If a gas boat is attractive to you and the gas engine is in good condition there are things that can be done to get much improved economy. One is run the thing as a true displacement boat and not push that bow wave up and leave the big hole I see so many doing in the mistaken belief that they are running economically. Keep the tune right up.
Two folks I know with 26' Tollys can suck gas or run quite nicely but at 6-7K.

And take Art up on his offer.
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Wow, that Uniflite sounded like a good buy if I ever had seen one! Though I am venturing away slowly from tollycraft/uniflite type boats, deals like that make me re-think things through! Good to know they can also be ran as a displacement boat because they are winners when it comes to comfort. I have not done the research on shipping these boats and doubt that I can get anything reasonable on my island.

As to Nomadwilly's question about fiberglass work. With the right hull I would approach excessive fiberglass work with great enthusiasm but I have only done research on the internet about glassing wood boats. I have seen some displacement hulls in the past that made me drool but Did not have the money to start anything. But they all needed glass work.

I am regularly checking all boating sales sites I know of and other classifieds of course. But Albin 25's in my area are not for sale yet. Should probably head to Juneau AK and walk the docks there. I am sure there a plenty of unadvertised displacement trawlers about. Sitka has 6 Taiwan type trawlers with merely a for sale sign on them. Perhaps Juneau has that Albin 25 or similar in my range.
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If you're considering an Albin 25 you might also look at the Fisher 25s. There are a couple on yatchworld for 25 grand or so. A motorsailor...so if the wind is pushing the right direction you could shut the engines down and enjoy the quiet!

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