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57971fuel efficient Bolgers, was [bolger] Okume/meranti/fir

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  • Sam Glasscock
    Jul 1, 2008
      I have a friend who has a Grady White 27' he uses for inshore charters.  He burns 100 gallons of gas per trip.  The charter fishing industry is dying, I think.  On the other hand, the Delmarva Peninsula (and other areas, I bet) is loaded with scenic, relatively unspoiled shallow rivers full of wildlife.  I am betting an inexpensive trip at six knots up a local river, spotting wildlife and watching the scenery, will appeal to people who would never pay to charter a fishing trip at the price captains are now forced to charge.  My hope, anyway.

      --- On Tue, 7/1/08, Harry James <welshman@...> wrote:

      From: Harry James <welshman@...>
      Subject: Re: [bolger] Okume/meranti/fir
      To: bolger@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Tuesday, July 1, 2008, 2:35 PM

      I have been thinking about gas and Bolger designs. Fritz Funk made a
      cruise in his Sneakeasy on the Mississippi a few years ago, 200 miles on
      12 Gallons of gas. I live in a town where everybody has multiple boats
      in their yard. The old plastic runabouts slowly disappear into the moss
      and now you are starting to see the large older Tollies and Uniflites
      with the twin Crusaders, Small blocks and 454's not get launched at all.
      $300 to go on a day fishing trip will make anybody pause.

      Harry James

      > Sam: you have selected a truly great boat for protected waters. I am
      > getting better than 10mpg running a 25hp four stroke that gets up to 18 mph
      > depending on wind, current and waves. That is a lot run time per gallon and
      > with gas at $4.10 I find myself being the sole vessel on the river more
      > frequently than ever.
      > What are your plans for the cabin, cockpit and deck layout?
      > Caloosarat

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