Average houseboat fuel consumption numbers
What's the average houseboat fuel consumption numbers
Have been seeking information on various or average houseboat fuel consumption numbers at cruising speed. I am looking for houseboat fuel consumption in the 35' to 45' range.
I am aware of various factors that could affect consumption. I am looking for real life experiences for houseboaters that have taken extended cruises.
Thank You, Joe Reply - Answer
Well Joe, I have always heard people mention that houseboats get @ 1/2 to 1 mile per gallon (MPG).
To give you some of our real life gallon per hour numbers, a 45 foot aluminum barge style houseboat with a single 3.0 Liter 4 cylinder gas engine, and it would burn @ 2 gallons per hour (GPH), and do @ 6-7 knots (7-8 MPH), running at @ 2500 RPM.
Definitely not neck breaking, however at this speed you could chat together, eat a sandwich, and enjoy the scenery all at the same time :)
A previous houseboat was a Gibson style and it had twin 4.3 liter V6's, and we would burn @ 10-12 gallons per hour, running at 3200 RPM, and were planing at @ 16 knots (18 MPH). I found that at that speed you really have to keep an eye on what's ahead, and floating or submerged debris :(
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