Neighbor in the slip here is doing the loop,, a lot of "loopers" are in the marina now, anyway they are in a Nordic
tug, about the same size of my IP 38' they carry 330 gl of fuel? I think he said and burn about 2 GPH at 8 kts. He said it will run 15 kts, but fuel burn is 20 GPH at full bore, so double speed costs tens times the fuel. Pays to go slow.
Sounded like it has a 300 HP Cummins, maybe like what is in a Dodge PU.
I predict fuel cost in a Trawler will not even be close to your major expense in doing the loop, but in a go fast boat, may be the major expense.
Great loop sounds like fun, but also sounds like it's best done in a power boat
, because I think there will be very little sailing, and in fact may be significant running with your mast
I get all my info second hand, so verify it. I'd start by joining the association.
Sailboat does get good fuel mileage, due I think to the extremely efficient hull
, has to be efficient or it would be a dog with just wind
power. But I think of course there are trade
offs using a sailboat as a power boat
, best use boat as intended. Fuel cost is a little more than $2 a gl now, so using the Nordic
tug and my IP 38 as examples, I would burn $16 a day less fuel than he would assuming we both ran 8 hours, he would cover 64 miles to my 56 though and he holds six times as much fuel, so he can pass by expensive fuel docks and belly up when cheap
fuel is available.
I would spend stepping and un stepping my mast though would I bet way more than offset my fuel savings.
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