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Old 08-27-2015, 05:40 PM   #1
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Vessel Name: Northern Lights II
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Diesel Economy

After reading the gas vs diesel thread I thought I would share these figures from a trip to Grafton harbor from our marina a couple of weeks ago, it's about 130 miles round trip. The other boat is a Gibson 47' houseboat with twin 454 GM power, we both topped our tanks before the departure date. My 38' Bayliner has na Hino diesels, we cruised around 10 mph, had a 2 hour wait at lock #25 and on the way back back had to run about 4 miles at 2800 rpm making 15.5 mph. The Gibson fueled at Grafton and took 64 gallons and took on 138 gallons when we returned to our home marina. I made a 8 mile trip helping some people to scatter their Mothers ashes was the only difference in our total miles traveled. I took on 85.1 gallons of diesel.
Bayliner 85.1 gallons - 138 miles
Gibson 202 gallons - 130 miles

I do think the Gibson is over propped, his hull is dirty and wot rpm is 3600
Mine has fresh bottom paint and reaches the proper rpm.

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