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  1. wandering nomad

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    Ya i notice suzuki has no stainless bolts and come back in rusty but are cheaper, i just installed a optimus joystick on twin 350 suzukis and its pretty cool the technology out now. people at the dock were like what you just parked that 32 footer sideways.
     
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  2. CR-Venturer

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    I'm curious, is there anyone here who regularly works their boat into their explorations, and has anyone named their little exploring vessel?

    I'm quite excited about the potential exploration my new raft opens up, so I'm interested to hear of what adventures others have gotten up to on the water.
     
  3. CR-Venturer

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    Also, anyone able to give me a rough estimate formula for fuel consumption of a 2 stroke outboard pushing a small 3-4 man boat?
     
  4. Flipper

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    We have a 12’ Carolina Skiff / w 25hp Yamaha 2 stroke, I usually carry 2- 6 gal tanks which give me a range of around 100-110 miles. Its rigged with a Raymarine Color Sonar, Standard Horizon VHF radio and Garmin GPS. It has been thru the Everglades on the Wilderness Waterway. Lake Fontana in N.C exploring the lake and hiking into the Smoky Mountains N.P. traveling up Hazel and Eagle Creeks. Lake Watauga in Tenn., Lake Jocassee in S.C, this is where they filmed Deliverance. All thru the Keys and backwaters. Almost every lake, inlet and river in Florida. Even on the reefline in the Keys thats 5 miles out in the ocean. 4k miles logged on Gps. Never a mishap or breakdown, its been a great little boat that can get us anywhere and back to camp.
     

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    So, if I needed to do a 60-70km round trip on a small boat with a 4hp 2 stroke motor, I should be more than good with a 25L tank, I would guess?
     
  6. Flipper

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    #46 Flipper, Feb 20, 2019 at 4:53 PM
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    Lots of factors, RPM, wind, current,tides, load, even prop pitch,draft, hull type. You shoud be good but I would take extra. I would fill your tank with a premeasured amount, run the boat in normal conditions, measure your mileage and do the math, then I would factor in + or - 5 miles.When I plan to go into territory where rescue would take more time, like the Glades, I always go by the rule of thirds with the fuel. 1/3 out, 1/3 back, 1/3 backup.Safety gear and a FAK, extra prop, tool kit. Always extra food and water. The Radio has DSC, distress hailing and location feature, and I have a 2m handheld in each backpack. Deep trips, I will leave a float plan in the truck.
     
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  7. blackntan

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    Allways carry a spare , tidal currents etc play a big part in are waters Better safe than sorry , i was cast adrift in an open necked shirt :wink:
     
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    All good info, thanks guys! If there's more, keep it coming.
     
  9. Flipper

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    The electronics sure made my life easier. especially drilling holes for gauges for 3-4 engines, and pulling cable. Now its one wire and everything is on the GPS screens. Im with you on the non stainless on the Suzuki. We had one where the seal failed and the drive shaft rusted into the block so they couldnt drop the outdrive. The Suzuki Reps finally came up with the idea to fire the engine and stick a hacksaw blade on the end of vicegrips, put the blade against the shaft while the engine was running and the shaft was turning and cut it off.
     

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