Will $5/gallon gas change the next boat you buy?

Discussion in 'Powerboats' started by IMP-ish, Aug 11, 2011.


Will $5/gallon gas change the next boat you buy?

  1. Yes – going smaller

    8 vote(s)
  2. Yes – going single

    4 vote(s)
  3. Yes – going slower

    27 vote(s)
  4. Yes – going lighter

    13 vote(s)
  5. No

    17 vote(s)
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  1. IMP-ish
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    IMP-ish powerboater

    Has anyone here actually changed boats this year because of the prices at the pump?

    Will $5/gallon gas lead you to change boats next year?
  2. hoytedow
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    hoytedow Carbon Based Life Form

    Thinking of a sail.
  3. IMP-ish
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    IMP-ish powerboater

    I said I'd start sailing when gas hit $3.00 a gallon. But I haven't yet.
  4. rasorinc
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    rasorinc Senior Member

    I'm an older man and I want to motor up rivers and inlets not work all day trying to sail up them. Looking at small diesel engines 100 to 150 hp. and would love to lay my hands on a Subaru 4 cyl. boxer diesel. Next, my choice would be Hi Thrust outboards in the 30 hp to 50hp range. I no longer feel the need for high speed but don't just want to putsch around at 6 to 8 knots either.
  5. Mr Efficiency
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    Mr Efficiency Senior Member

    Fuel going to $5 a gallon is old hat in most countries, around that mark now in Australia, the advent of four-stroke and direct injection outboards has taken a lot of the sting out of it for recreational trailer-boaters.
  6. Frosty

    Frosty Previous Member

    I hold 1.5 tons and I can use 1 ton in a day. If I could'nt afford It I would'nt have it.

    I have asked large Brokers if the price of my boat is falling due to fuel prices, they say no.
  7. masalai
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    masalai masalai

    hehehe I am 2 miles a litre at 5+ knots on my 40' x 21' boat, A 45 US gallon drum gets me about 400 miles if I am diligent and leave the throttles alone... at one engine resting (off) and the other at less than 3000rpm...
  8. Frosty

    Frosty Previous Member

    if I trolled on one engine at 750 RPM 171 liters would be 350 miles possibly more meaning power is directly relative to HP used.

    I cant do 5 Knots-slowest is 6.
  9. whitepointer23

    whitepointer23 Previous Member

    if you are going to cruise at 5 knots sails would be a more pleasant and efficent option.
  10. Frosty

    Frosty Previous Member

    If you got some wind in the right direction yes
  11. whitepointer23

    whitepointer23 Previous Member

    sailing has come a long way from the square riggers in your day frosty. they can even point nearly into the wind now. i guess rivers and small waterways are engine only though.
  12. whitepointer23

    whitepointer23 Previous Member

    or how about a motor sailer then you have the best of both worlds.
  13. Frosty

    Frosty Previous Member

    No thanks I like to be moored up by 5pm, wash the salt off the boat, hot shower and Jeeves will have the tea and cakes on the aft deck at 6pm prompt.. When I say Jeeves I mean the missus, and when I say tea I mean beer.

    Had em all !!!

    I can afford a bit of squirt. But--I don't go out much .
  14. whitepointer23

    whitepointer23 Previous Member

    i know what you mean but i think sails will gain a lot in popularity on longer passages anyway.

  15. Frosty

    Frosty Previous Member

    Oh yes sails are very popular, but not round here much and that's where I live.. Not much wind you see, I had a 63 foot sloop and the sails hung off the mast like sheets of steel as dinghys wizzed around me.
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