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Old 27-11-2012, 14:45   #76
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Re: Trawler Fuel Consumption

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55ft with a single 152 HP Gardiner Diesel Model 6LXB apparently gets
Her Gardiner diesel (new 2003) will use 8ltrs/hr @ 1100 revs doing 6.5 to 7.5 knots.

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Old 27-11-2012, 19:36   #77
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All I can say is Impressive! Although with a boat that size would prefer twins.

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Old 23-02-2013, 15:12   #78
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Originally Posted by Seasalt View Post
Perhaps I missed it, but I have not found a concise compilation of owners' reports of actual fuel consumption for trawler yachts with various engines. This information would be very helpful to me and I expect it would be to others as well. I have found a few reports scattered through miscellaneous threads, but no comprehensive thread on trawler fuel consumption. What I have in mind would be similar to the comment posted by "Boatpoker" in November of 2008, as follows:
"My 38 year old trawler with a 38 year old Perkins HT6-354 (diesel and turbo-charged) went to 20,000 hours before we rebuilt it 2 years ago. It makes the run from Toronto to Dry Tortugas or Bahamas and back on less than 800 gallons at 1.6 US gallons per hour at 1600RPM and 7.5 knots."
I'm sure that this group could provide a lot of information on this topic.

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Hey Seasalt, thats pretty good mileage. 38 years yours must be one of the first turbo perkins. Most people say with a turbo the life is cut short but your engine proves them wrong. Thanks for the info
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Originally Posted by Seasalt View Post
I had browsed the "'gas or diesel thread but did not find much on actual fuel consumption based on experience. I missed the information that "bastonjock" posted on Dec 23, 2008:

"My buddies prout sirrocco uses about 1 liter per hour at 5knots using a 15 year old diesel,the equivalent gas engine on a sirrocco a 9.9 yam burns 2 liters of gas per hour to do the same speed,so its either 0.60 an hour or 1.90 an hour,you can save your mooring fees if you run on diesel."

The information posted by Boatpoker was very helpful because it indicates a much lower fuel consumption than I had been told for the Perkins 6-354. One broker told me to expect to burn 5-7 gallons per hour with twin 6-354s. He didn't say at what speed, so it is helpful to know that Boatpoker could make 7.5 knots at 1600 RPM with one 6-354 in a 38' trawler. It's hard to find specific information like that. I'm hoping that others will have similar reports.
the energy density of disel fuel is approximately 30% greater than with gas so it can do more work but the high cost of disel engines sorta offsets that. My preference is for disel because of thier low end torq and fuel efficiency even though i understand they are more expensive than gas engines

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