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Montauk - Alert: Fuel consumption: 90-HP Nissan
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posted 05-30-2002 06:49 PM ET (US)
Well, it isn't the fastest but I went out on Tuesday from a local Harbor called Bodega Bay. The Ocean was flat - 3' every 8+ seconds, and no wind. Was solo, and remembered to hit reset on the odometer. It is a paddle wheel style that feeds info to my fishfinder. Calibrated it to my handheld GPS and am fairly confident of it's accuracy. After cruising out 18 miles, trolling around for about 6 miles and returning 16 miles, I looked at the meter at about 39.7 miles, when I realized that I forgot to switch the line to the second tank. Was surprised that engine did not die due to lack of fuel. When I got back to the harbor, I checked the first tank and saw that I had about a quart or so of fuel left. That tank holds only 7.5 gallons. So, doing the math, I figured that I got about 5.2 MPG. Not bad, in my opinion. This was running a Montauk, 1 person (me), gear, 90 HP Nissan. Cruised out at 23 mph, at 2900-3000 rpm and returned at 25 mph at 3200-3300 rpm. My other tank holds 13 gal. and I ussually don't go any farther than the fuel in the first smaller tank will allow. As far as I am concerned, The rpm's at cruising speed are perfect, I have plenty of 'upside' and there is nothing to complain about the fuel economy.
posted 05-31-2002 01:52 AM ET (US)
That's about what I get with my Alert and Merc 90 4-stroke out in the ocean.I can run out the Gate to Duxbury, troll 4-5 hours, and run back on about 5+ gallons. The best I saw was just over 6 1/2 MPG running light in the bay. On most of my albacore trips where I will burn some fuel, a combined 5MPG is normal, while my Merc 75 2-stroke got 4MPG.
posted 05-31-2002 02:01 AM ET (US)
I think you are the only Alert owner I have seen here, what comes standard on an alert? My impression (not that I have ever looked it up) was that is was a bare hull for a tiller motor. If you have a 90 four stroke I hope yours has some extras, or better yet, some hand made add ons...
posted 05-31-2002 03:45 AM ET (US)
All that stuff about the odometer and fuel tanks and distances is cool, but what's really interesting is the good conditions at Bodega.
But cut to the chase. What did you catch? What were you using? Where were you using it?
posted 06-02-2002 01:50 AM ET (US)
I purchased a 17 Alert bare hull and transferred the console and side rails from my previous Montauk. You'll see other commercial fishermen with homemade or aftermarket consoles on 17 Alert hulls. In 1998, I paid $4795 for my hull. If you are wiling to do some work, you can put together a very nice new Classic for around $16K.
posted 06-02-2002 08:34 AM ET (US)
[Changed topic for better future searching; was "Great performance..." --jimh.]
posted 06-03-2002 01:00 AM ET (US)
I was out on Tuesday as well, the weather does not get much better than that. I trolled south from the head to Bird rock out in 200' of water and then trolled back along the 41 fathom line. I also have a Nissan 90 on my 16' I burnt around 6 gallons, but I admit I couldnt help but goose it on the way back in. I was turning 3000 to 3500 on the way out and 3500 to 4100 on the way in. I metered plenty of fish but ended my half day with one strike. I launched from Doran, it would have been nice to see you out there.
posted 06-03-2002 12:51 PM ET (US)
Salmon, is that a TLDI? Kelly
posted 06-03-2002 12:53 PM ET (US)
I guess I should have said is that low pressure direct injection? I don't know what Nissan calls their version. Kelly
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