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Outboard + kicker
Posted by PastorBob on Jan 28 2006
Tracker To give you some idea my aluminum power catamaran with cabin is only about 22 long, but with the 1/4 inch thick twin hulls it is probably a bit wider and a bit heavier than your normal 26 Aluminum boat with cabin. Here is what I get with a 150 hp Honda. I average about 3.5 mpg, so 100 gallons gives me a 350 mile range at 25 mph. (I could go from Whittier to Valdez and back with fuel to spare.) My 20 hp Honda kicker just sips fuel so once I get to an area I like I could use it to move around if I were trying to save fuel. I have a friend with a heavy 28 fiberglass inboard with flying bridge, etc., and once he gets about 80 miles out of Whittier he just uses his 25 hp Honda kicker to go from area to area. He says he moves around all weekend on less than 5 gallons. Slow but it works. A 150 hp 4 stroke or Etec plus a 10 hp kicker might be about as good as you can get without going to a diesel inboard a diesel would add considerably to the price of a boat. (If you go bigger than the 150, you go from a 4 cylinder to a 6 cylinder and over a 100 more lbs.)Prince William Sound out of Whittier or Valdez would be perfect for what you are dreaming of doing. Keep safe.

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