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alvispollard posted 10-03-2013 10:46 AM ET (US)   Profile for alvispollard   Send Email to alvispollard  
Six-day fishing trip trolling for spanish mackerel inshore at Cape Lookout, North Carolina:

--411 miles (half at 4,500-RPM, and half at trolling speed of 2,000-RPM;

--66 gallons fuel used at $3.50/gallon;


--load of four men, fuel, ice, tackle; about 1,000-lbs

--waves less than two-feet

--cost per man per day: $10

--buddy boat, a 21-foot center console with five aboard, cost per man per day: $25

It was a great trip: safe, uneventful, and two full coolers of fillets. I love that 1990 Montauk, 2008 Mercury 60 FOURSTROKE, 2012 3.5-HP four-stroke-power-cycle kicker. It is an affordable inshore boat even if fishing solo.

K Albus posted 10-03-2013 10:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for K Albus  Send Email to K Albus     
Did you do your trolling on the 60 or on the kicker?
alvispollard posted 10-03-2013 12:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for alvispollard  Send Email to alvispollard     
[The trolling was done on the] 60[-HP engine at a speed of] 6-MPH. [The] 3.5 is used for live baits.
17 bodega posted 10-05-2013 12:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
I have an even lighter setup, although the engine is probably the same weight. I have a 1971 16-foot hull, which is lighter by a few hundred pounds than the 2000 Montauk. I have a 2002 Yamaha 50-HP engine with the high thrust lower end. I have it rigged very light with minimal gear. I have gotten better than 7-MPG in ideal conditions with just myself aboard. I have carburators, not EFI.

She's as safe as many larger boats, and she can surf a following sea like a surfboard.


EJO posted 10-08-2013 03:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for EJO  Send Email to EJO     
My 2008 Montauk 15 with 60HP Merc Bigfoot recently got better than 10.3 mpg running at 4000 (22 mph), 2000rpm and WOT(40/50/10) in trips up and down the St. Lawrence seaway and Lake Charlevoix. Just 50 miles or so on less than 1 of my little 6 plus gallon tanks. Love that 4 stroke

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