First, I'm about 99% sure I'll be the owner of a Sea Runner when I make my move to living “on” the water
but, I'm still interested in motor
vessels for this purpose and haven't ruled them out completely, so when I see a picture of a motor
vessel that I like the look of, I check the specs.
Now then, I'm sure most of you are aware a boat broker
will say just about anything to sell vessels listed on their books
but...They “always” follow-up with a great water-tight Disclaimer! That's the main reason for me preferring to buy direct from the owner. I have found “most” (but not all) owners will be honest with you, when you ask the right questions, I have found over the years, that applies to buying
just about anything second hand.
But I'm getting off course here, so back to motor vessels. I like the look of the 1984-1986, 36' Carver Mariner and I believe one of these vessels would suit my needs, perhaps more-so than a similar size Tri'.
i.e. One person living aboard
full time, with the occasional visit of three others, my daughter, husband and granddaughter but mostly I would be on my own, sitting on the hook in some river or bay for quite long periods of time, on the East Coast
, North East Coast
With one of the two 36' Carver Mariner I have been looking at online, part of the brokers sales pitch
Her "dual-mode" trawler
allows her to cruise
at 7-8 knots very economically but also run on a plane. She'll easily cruise
at 15-16 knots and has a top speed of around 25 knots.
One of the Carvers is powered by Twin Mercruiser, fresh-water-cooled, 340 horsepower gas engines, with 1105 hours on the clock.
The other is powered with Twin 340 horsepower Mercruisers. Hours unknown.
My first question? What fuel/gas would either of these two 36' Carvers burn, cruising at 7-8 knots?
My second question? If anyone bought or owns a 36' Carver with gas/petrol motors and replaced the gas motors with two diesels, what diesels motors did you install...And what diesel
do you burn per hour cruising at 7-8 knots?
Thanking you in advance for your views/advice.