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Old 08-22-2012, 12:36 PM   #47
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PSneeld-you are certainly right on the marketing angle. However, when it comes to power, I think the issue is the reverse for newer trawlers. The marketing angle is lower power, fuel efficiency. But you can really see the overpower in the big planing, or sportfishing, market. I saw a 63' sportfisher at a show last year with twin 1500 HP MTUs! I looked around the engine room and boy is a mechanic going to charge you for crawling around those babies. Like no work space. Top speed about 48 knots. The problem is, how many days can a 63' boat go 45 knots on the ocean? Or anywhere else for that matter? Fuel burn was massive and range at speed was like 250-300 miles. But, marketing says that boat has to have that speed capability whether actually useful or not.
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