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This boat will flat out haul buns. You could never open up the throttles in the GOM with our seas but it would be fun trying.

Here are the numbers if you are wondering. RPM,MPH,GPH,MPG

1500 9.5 8.1 1.17
2000 13.6 14.4 0.94
2500 23.7 19.7 1.20
3000 33.2 25.7 1.29
3500 40.1 32.4 1.24
4000 47.4 42.4 1.12
4500 53.0 52.7 1.01
5000 59.3 65.8 0.90
5500 66.0 87.4 0.76
6000 70.1 99.2 0.71
 

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Anyone believe these are anywhere close to being real world GPH/MPG numbers?

This boat will flat out haul buns. You could never open up the throttles in the GOM with our seas but it would be fun trying.

Here are the numbers if you are wondering. RPM,MPH,GPH,MPG

1500 9.5 8.1 1.17
2000 13.6 14.4 0.94
2500 23.7 19.7 1.20
3000 33.2 25.7 1.29
3500 40.1 32.4 1.24
4000 47.4 42.4 1.12
4500 53.0 52.7 1.01
5000 59.3 65.8 0.90
5500 66.0 87.4 0.76
6000 70.1 99.2 0.71
 

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Anyone believe these are anywhere close to being real world GPH/MPG numbers?


Kevin those number look right to me.. with 1050hp... those motors wont be working hard at all to push that contender..
 

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4 strokes are gas savers.. in a bassin world where this IS no middle speed (only wide open 5800RPM- and idle)I see the GPH difference in 4strk vs. 2strk.~ I would bet those numbers are pretty darn close.
 

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.. in a bassin world where this IS no middle speed (only wide open..


Ha! That reminds me of a guide I fished with on Lake Eufala, Georgia years ago. Everywhere we went we ran about 50 MPH and then he's slam off the throttle throwing us all over the boat and scream ....

"We're on 'em"
 

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those Yamaha 350's- are they the new V-8 model I read
about in SWS? I thought they were 2-strokes....
-Brian
 

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Very cool!

MrBill- How does that Contender's transom handle all of that weight?

I'm a novice regarding boat design etc., but they seem to sit really close to the water, and if there were a couple of guys fishing back there, along with an ice chest, wouldn't the weight allow the water to go over the cowlings sometimes?
 

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That is what I was thinking. The transom is sitting low.
 

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there is some talk of this on thehulltruth also and noone has a shot of this boat from the size. I too would imagine that once you fill those big lvewells on the stern and include those brutes that is going to be a very ass heavy boat
 

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Very cool!

MrBill- How does that Contender's transom handle all of that weight?

I'm a novice regarding boat design etc., but they seem to sit really close to the water, and if there were a couple of guys fishing back there, along with an ice chest, wouldn't the weight allow the water to go over the cowlings sometimes?


I will probably have to agree with you. I'm sure the boat has hydraulic trim tabs to help while the boat is running. Trolling or idling with a few big boys standing on the back deck would not be a pretty sight. Triples on the boat are too much. Triple trouble. It's hard enough to keep a pair running in top condition. Trips will you back 75K mounted with controls and tax. They just don't last long. Before you know it, the warranty is over and big problems happen.

I never have liked the way Clamp-Ons get in the way with a fish on at the transom. If you have two people on board with two fish on, it's hard to hold a rod in one hand and maneuver the boat with the other hand.

One of these days, Contender, Intrepid, Venture, Fountain, or Yellowfin will see the light and put a pair of small diesels in those go-fast boats. Give it a little wider beam and get rid of the Clamp-Ons. Longer range, better reliability, better sound, and longevity.
 
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