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    Default Fuel Efficient Cruisers

    Hi,

    Does anyone know if any manufactures produce economical (fuel efficient) 24-26 ft cabin cruisers? Most cabin cruisers in this price range consume about 10-12 gallons/hour. I am willing to sacrifice some speed (willing to go with let's say 12-15kt/hour) to save fuel and operate.

    I know that dieseled engine cruisers are not common in this size range.

    Inflatable RIBs are more economical, but they do not have cuddy cabins.

    Kind regards!

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    Default Re: Fuel Efficient Cruisers

    You are asking a lot. 26 footers traveling 15Kts are planing hulls. 10-12 gal/hour implies no more than 200HP. There are not many boats that fit that size, speed and economy categories, likely none.

    Trawlers operate at displacement speed, likely 7 Kts, have plenty of cabin space and a small motors, say a single 125HP Diesel. They are very fuel efficient, however, if you want to plane the boat, about you need 3X the HP, and about 3X the fuel consumption.

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    Default Re: Fuel Efficient Cruisers

    You might take a look at the Albin TE. I know they make a 28', and I think they used to make a 26. Nice looking downeast with a single diesel and bow thruster. If I remember right, the newer 28's cruise around 18knots and top out around 22-24.

    I've got a 29' cuddy that cruises about 30 knots at 12 gph. Unfortunately, its about 12 gph per engine.

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    Default Re: Fuel Efficient Cruisers

    C Dory, Rosborough, and Ranger Tug are three manufacturers of "cruisers" or trawlers in that size range that can be very efficient if operated at or near hull speed.

    http://www.c-dory.com/

    http://www.rosboroughboats.com/about.html

    http://www.rangertugs.com/r/

    There are others.
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    Single Inboard boat, diesel, downeast style might be your best bet.
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    Default Re: Fuel Efficient Cruisers

    An injected 5.7 Liter with V-P Duoprop or Bravo 3 is your best bet in a planing hull. My boat's at the small end of your size range, but it's fairly heaVY (6000 lbs. with normal load). On a typical, somewhat choppy water day I burn about 8-9 gph at cruise (3200 rpm) @ 24-25 mph.
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    If gph are a concern then I am not sure a 24-26 cuddy is the right boat for you

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    Default Re: Fuel Efficient Cruisers

    Quote Originally Posted by lunkerv16 View Post
    If gph are a concern then I am not sure a 24-26 cuddy is the right boat for you
    Good point, but the OP also needs to consider how much he'll actually run the motor. A typical weekend for me will cost me 15-20 gallons, plus food and drink. So we're talking maybe $100. for 2 people, for a weekend of 'entertainment'. It'd cost me about the same to stay home.
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    Default Re: Fuel Efficient Cruisers

    Good point, but the OP also needs to consider how much he'll actually run the motor. A typical weekend for me will cost me 15-20 gallons, plus food and drink. So we're talking maybe $100. for 2 people, for a weekend of 'entertainment'. It'd cost me about the same to stay home.
    The problem is that the boat is going to be run in Croatia (Europe) where the price of a gallon is about $6.50.

    You are asking a lot. 26 footers traveling 15Kts are planing hulls. 10-12 gal/hour implies no more than 200HP. There are not many boats that fit that size, speed and economy categories, likely none.
    If I drop to a 20ft Cuddy with a 200hp 4-stroke Cuddy (i.e. GW Adventure 208) can I realistically get 5-6 gbp at plane?

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    On our Sig 240 cruising at 26 MPH we burn about 5.5 GPH.
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    Default Re: Fuel Efficient Cruisers

    "Cabin Cruiser" and "Cuddy Cabin" mean two very different things, IMO.

    A cuddy will have a small berth, with possibly a porta poti, very little if any standing/headroom, and will more or less be a day boat, with a place to get out of the sun.

    A cabin cruiser will have nearly half the hull length made up of cabin. Let room up top, more down below than a cuddy. There will be standing room, a closed head, some kind of galley and usually a semi fair sized berth or two.

    I was going to suggest looking into a single motored 28' Luhrs, but if your looking at Cuddy Cabin boats, this is FAR different in style.
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    Default Re: Fuel Efficient Cruisers

    There real problem is how much do you want to push around?

    As stated above displacement hulls are the most economical
    (saw a beautiful C-Dory sunday)

    But once you get into planing hulls it's really a matter of how much of a condo are you trying to push around?

    Do you really need to sleep 6?

    Things like that.

    One thing I'd like to point out though is that if you look at performance hulls that most people think are only for spending money and wasting gas, a lot of manufacturers offer boat with cabins that are real nice and the reason they go fast is cause they are more efficient designs so with not as much HP you can get better economy.
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    Default Re: Fuel Efficient Cruisers

    If you aren't wanting to get anywhere very fast and can afford it. Single screw Diesel about 32-36 ft. You are going to be a little hard pressed to find any Diesels in the 24-28 range. If you do they are usually the planing hull 120 - 200 hp diesels and will be pricey.

    You either want a sailboat, which almost always come with a small perkins or yanmar diesel that will cruise at ~6 kts all day burning prolly only 1 gallon per hour, provided you are in the 30ft range.

    I bought a 28 ft Carver Voyager , a legitimate "cruiser" Its got 2 gas 305's and cruising at 18 kts on plane will drink the gas, however the same boat running about 1200 rpm at 6.5 kts doesn't do to bad. Probably ~4-5 gallons per hour.

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    Default Re: Fuel Efficient Cruisers

    Quote Originally Posted by The Great Escape II View Post
    On our Sig 240 cruising at 26 MPH we burn about 5.5 GPH.
    If I could get to 26 MPH, I would burn about 34 GPH!

    Fuel efficient cruiser? Go sailboat with a single small diesel or go 20-24'
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    Default Re: Fuel Efficient Cruisers

    You might take a look at Doral. They make a real nice 25' cuddy with extendable swim platform that takes it out to about 28' loa. I believe they also had a single diesel option. Pretty expensive, but might be worth a look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Great Escape II View Post
    On our Sig 240 cruising at 26 MPH we burn about 5.5 GPH.
    I'm sorry, and not picking a fight, but there is something wrong with that data. There isn't a 20 foot bowrider that gets 4.7 MPG at cruise . . .

    This is a 19ft. Maxum with a 260 MPI 5.0 and it gets 4.16. 6.1 GPH at 25.4 MPH . . .

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    Default Re: Fuel Efficient Cruisers

    Here's a 24 ft. pocket cruiser with a 5.0 MPI:

    Bayliner 245

    3500 RPM
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    10.9 GPH
    2.22 MPG

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    Default Re: Fuel Efficient Cruisers

    ..or a 26' Macgregor sailboat on a planing hull

    zero fuel under sail and a 50-60hp OB can push it over 20mph

    I know the sailing purists hate them, don't "feel" right, but IMHO they are the best compromise in the sail/power fight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QC View Post
    I'm sorry, and not picking a fight, but there is something wrong with that data. There isn't a 20 foot bowrider that gets 4.7 MPG at cruise . . .

    This is a 19ft. Maxum with a 260 MPI 5.0 and it gets 4.16. 6.1 GPH at 25.4 MPH . . .

    Maxum 1900 SR3
    In the 'boattest' test of my boat, when it was new (V-P 5.7 GSi, Duoprop- same setup as mine), they pulled 4.3 mpg at optimum cruising speed, which was also somewhere around 25 mph. My boat is both heavier and has a deeper 'V' than the poster's.

    HOWEVER, the tested 24 C*C had only 2 aboard, 1/2 tank of fuel, no bottom paint, no gear and 'stuff', calm sea conditions (2 foot chop in the Gulf of Mexico) and light winds. They also broke 50 mph at WOT. In my real-world cruising I can't match any of that.

    Unless the poster has a fuel-flow meter, I suspect his estimate is based on a similar test.

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    Default Re: Fuel Efficient Cruisers

    Fuel flow meter plus I log my data. My manual calculations from hrs and gallons used is +-.1 gallons from the fuel flow meter.
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    Here you go. Nice fuel efficient 26 footer
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    Default Re: Fuel Efficient Cruisers

    my boat is ~6k loaded as normal. i can boat all day through the ca delta(5-6 hours cruising ) usually 27 mph (gps) which is 3000 rpm. 350 vortec mercruiser TR drive, 18.25 x 19p prop. ill burn 15-20 gallons all day.
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    I give up . . . that right there ^^^ is 4 gallons an hour if I use the most conservative numbers given. A state of the art 2.0 liter 115 bhp diesel uses more fuel than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QC View Post
    I give up . . . that right there ^^^ is 4 gallons an hour if I use the most conservative numbers given. A state of the art 2.0 liter 115 bhp diesel uses more fuel than that.
    Don't blame you QC. My 20ft aluminium cuddy with an F115 burns 23 litres or about 6 US gallons an hour at 22kts (25 mph). It'll do 35 kts (40 mph) WOT which is pretty quick for a 2800lb boat with only 115hp, so it's an efficient hull. Pred02, I think you're being overly optimistic if you think there's a boat out there that can fulfil your fuel vs size vs performance needs, but nevertheless I wish you all the best of luck mate, let us know what you get and show us some pics of her! Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsneverfinished View Post
    my boat is ~6k loaded as normal. i can boat all day through the ca delta(5-6 hours cruising ) usually 27 mph (gps) which is 3000 rpm. 350 vortec mercruiser TR drive, 18.25 x 19p prop. ill burn 15-20 gallons all day.
    Quote Originally Posted by QC View Post
    I give up . . . that right there ^^^ is 4 gallons an hour if I use the most conservative numbers given. A state of the art 2.0 liter 115 bhp diesel uses more fuel than that.

    that's no less than 6.75 and up to 10.8 mpg..... I call B.S.
    No way a 6000 lb boat gets that mpg at 27 mph..... MAYBE at idle speed...
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