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Motoring around the Yukon drainage
Posted by Michael Strahan on Jul 03 2005
I wouldn't count on motoring very far in a Sea Eagle with a 3.3 on the back. Take the setup out to a local lake and run some speed tests with a GPS. Use the mileage to calculate how long it will take you to get somewhere; then figure on dropping at least 1-2 mph going up the Innoko (probably more than that). If your speed on flat water is 6mph, I'd cut that in half at least, when you're going upriver. That leaves you with 3mph at best. Friend, unless you have a lot of time on your hands and are hauling plenty of fuel, you're gonna be in a world of hurt. I run an 8-horse outboard on my inflatable and wouldn't dream of going very far up any river with it. Takes WAY too long and uses too much fuel. My advice if your serious about this? Get a real boat. You can use the Sea Eagle for shuttling meat across a lake or something until it dies (shouldn't take too long). What you have there is basically a pool toy.
Alaska is no place to fool around with cheap gear. You don't just pull over and walk home.
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