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best outboard fuel economy

by , Posted to on 07/15/2008 10:36 AM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2003
Location: ND
Looking for a boat, was wondering what outboard has the best fuel economy? Heard that yamaha likes the fuel also heard mercury optimax is pretty good. Would like everyones input. Newer or older models havnt got a boat picked out yet but I am looking just want to make the right choice. Thanks.
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Re: best outboard fuel economy
by on 07/15/2008 11:12 AM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/12/2003
Location: ND
The best pure fuel mileage will come from the direct injected 2-strokes, Opit-Max, HPDI, E-Tech, which one is actually best is the subject of much debate.

The 4-Stroke motors are close but not quite as good, the caveat being with a 4-stroke you don't need to add any oil to either the gasoline or a resevoir.

Just for reference, I've got alomst 160hrs on my 150HP 4-stroke Suzuki, over that time it averages 3.5MPG. Trolling, running, idling, etc. That's based on fuel used as measured by a Lowrance fuel flow meter, the engine's hour-meter, and the GPS's log of total distance traveled.

Why yes indeed I can walk on water..............but I do stagger on alcohol.

Re: best outboard fuel economy
by on 07/15/2008 11:24 AM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/15/2005
Location: SD
All the engine manufacturers have performance bulletins out on their motors. Go to the Merc or Yammy website and do a comparison between two like motors on the same hull.

I really find interesting how the different hulls affect MPG while using the same motors!
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Re: best outboard fuel economy
by on 07/15/2008 12:24 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/14/2003
Location: ND
Ive got a 150 hpdi and it really drinks the gas. I dont have the fancy schmancy fuel flow gauge like horsager but I would guess it to be about 4mpg. I dont use it to troll so they are all travel miles.
 
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by on 07/15/2008 12:25 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/14/2003
Location: ND
its on a 180 viper hull.
 
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by on 07/15/2008 12:47 PM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/07/2002
Location: ND
traxion and horsager are right on there is some great info on yamahas website according to the gps i drove 35 miles and used 7 gal so that was about 5mpg which really impressed me for a 200hpdi with about 7 hours on it.
Re: best outboard fuel economy
by on 07/15/2008 3:10 PM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/13/2005
Location: ND
Check out (bassandwalleyeboats.com). They strenuously test motors and boats. A few years ago they compared the big DFI's and concluded that the Optimax was the fastest and most fuel efficient.
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