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Best Offshore running fuel efficient 25-30'??

Old 02-07-2009, 12:42 PM
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I'm on Lubbers Cay- near Hope Town- just south of Cracker P's.
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Old 02-07-2009, 12:47 PM
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Nice! We took the boat over to Hope Town last April. I would love to run a go-fast down there.......must be awesome.
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Old 02-07-2009, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by BowenCT View Post
Nice! We took the boat over to Hope Town last April. I would love to run a go-fast down there.......must be awesome.
I would too, but I bet premium fuel is a little hard to come by.
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Old 02-07-2009, 02:47 PM
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I just put in what they have at the pump. Works so far. Gas was up to $6.95 per gal. , now it's $4.50... lifes good!
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:39 AM
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Thanks for that v. interesting post re your experience running in the Bahamas. That's close to what I want to over a lot, sometimes leave her and fly back, etc. I've kind of ruled out IO's because I'd keep my boat in the water, I know they make paint for that, but I wouldn't risk it.....but I just started looking for OB hi perf hulls....there's a superboat on in Cali that needs repower, and a 29'Scarab project in FL with a single OB bracket on the trader....I'm also looking at an Intrepid 24'WA, (only a few made) not really a go fast, but 22.5 degree deadrise and the Intrepid hull might work, or might be a bit too small for the Stream. But I'll keep looking at that beautiful Pantera....does anyone know how fast that black Pantera in the "rough water" video on Utube was running at the time? Thanks, Sate
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Old 05-25-2009, 02:11 PM
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Hey, Iíve also posted this on the hull truth so if youíre multi-forum types, yes, itís the same idiot. Iím looking for your opinions on the best combo of speed, fuel efficiency, build quality and sea-keeping ability (esp. head seas) in a boat, 25-30í, to run in settled weather from Florida to the Abacos, Eleuthera and Out Islands. I have gone across the board in my own opinions, from powercats, to outright ex-race boats, the intrepid/contender types, Seavee/Regulator diesels, and general purpose boats like Whaler, Dusky and Mako, and also from twin outboards, to single outboard & kicker (less weight, more fuel efficiency) to single diesel. My goal is to run 25-35knots, at 2.0mpg or better in an honest gulfstream 2-4í. Of course faster is always a bonus. Range is also desirable, to avoid too much expensive Bahamian fuel, but I figure bladders will always work if the tankage canít be expanded easily. Iíd also like to have some sort of cuddy.
While Iíve looked into all these boats, the ones I drool over tend toward the go-fast world, like the awesome rebuilt ex full race Banana boat I never got up to NC to see last year. I hesitated on it, because, like some of the posts here agonizing between ccís and go fasts, I figured it might not be versatile enough for fishing, diving, etc. But it had 2x200 Merc o/bís so no IO maintenance issues. Iíve also been looking at an Intrepid 24WA (made only a few in the 90ís) with a single 250.
So are there boats like that you guys would recommend? Either ccís or boats like the banana boat or maybe the Fountain 27SF (the 31SF isnít fast enough with the 250ís to get over 2mpg according to the performance bulletins). Iíve seen people recommend Donziís (and Concepts -- but not for way offshore though, unless itís self bailing). Yacht Auctions has a cheap Donzi ZF26, probably could get it for $18k or so.
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How fast can you really go in a 25-30 footer in honest 2-4í conditions without pounding your kidneys out? I watched some utube videos of a pantera 24 in what looked like 2-4 or 3-5 in a race, but no clue how fast he was going.
Also, Iíd keep the boat in the water, which is another strike against the IOÖbut from reading this forum Iím getting the sense that IOís v. O/Bís the outboards have much fewer maintenance requirements?
Thanks for your thoughts.

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