Houseboat Fuel Consumption - gas prices and simple fuel economy tips
Houseboat Fuel Economy - gas prices and consumption
Soon will be buying a houseboat, but fuel consumption and gas prices are scaring me a little. What kind of fuel economy or MPG (miles per gallon) can I expect to get with a 40 foot houseboat with a flat bottom and a 4 cylinder engine?
I get the feeling that because of the world economy and turmoil, that the price of a barrel is likely to sky rocket. The price of fuel at the marinas is often higher, and I don't see them dropping this summer.
I wonder if there are any tips or tricks that I can use to save some money at the gas dock?
Thanks for any help, Arthur. Reply - Answer
Well Arthur, you have asked a very good question that will surely get plenty of comments. I will try and give you a quick overview.
To look at boats in a general perspective, the bigger the boat, the more in fuel costs. Yet lets look at it's intend use. If you're planning to do long distance travel, I would suggest a diesel engine setup.
If you plan to use the houseboat around your general area, than a gas engine setup is likely your best bet. Your 4 cylinder 4 stroke inboard setup is very common, so parts and maintenance should be easy.
Now to look at fuel economy "guess-timates" you should likely burn @ 2- 3 gph at hull speed, and running say 2,500-3,000 RPM. The hull speed
being @ 5-7 knots and depends on many factors like on waves, current, wind, hull design, weight and bottom cleanliness etc...
Now you do realize that there are many things that affect fuel economy, and some of the basics are a properly running/maintained engine, the right propellor to achieve WOT (wide open throttle), gross boat weight (boat, passengers, contents etc...) and the cleanliness of the boat bottom.
There's plenty of other information on houseboat fuel consumption figures
and also houseboat mileage tips and economy charts
One of the things that do in the spring and fall is to add some of this cleaner to my gas tank and have had amazing results. It gets rid of the rough idle, starts quicker, and runs really smooth. I have also noticed that my gas mileage has increased, but just the fact that my engine runs better makes it all worthwhile.
Adding it to my gas tank also helped tremendously as it did some amazing stuff to my generator since it gets rarely used and tends to sit for longer periods, and we all know waht old gas can do :(Lastly
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Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats
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