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Old 17 February 2010, 19:03   #1
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It just doesn't seem right?

had a big trip in the sib yesterday, 48 km or 29 mile. what doesn't seem to add up is the fuel consumption? i used approximately 4-5 litres. hard to tell because the tanks still full

launch in perfect conditions in the morning, 3-4 knots, 0.6m swell and travelled to some offshore islands. wind picked up during the day to 9-12 knots. there were only two people in my sib and a bit of gear. though my sib is small, 3.4m with an 18hp, I was planning to go through the entire 25lt tank with crossing open ocean.

the other sib that made the trip with me used a lot more fuel, it was a bit bigger 3.8m with 25hp and 3 people on board, they used 18 litres.

it just doesn't seem right?? so little fuel for such a big trip??
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Old 17 February 2010, 19:11   #2
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Two or four stroke?
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Old 17 February 2010, 19:53   #3
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this is a map of the trip we did, the place we launched from is wilsons prom which is the southern most point of the australian mainland, a very dangerous place with winds and currents, but offers some fantastic diving.

chewy; both out board were 2 stroke.
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Old 18 February 2010, 01:55   #4
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I am surprised every time I take out my sib as well. It seems like I am spending more money on fuel stabilizer than I am the fuel. I have often wondered how I am getting such great fuel economy. If you think about how little effort it takes for a balloon to move along the water then it will make sense why you are getting such great millage. I just wish I had the same issue with my car!
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Old 19 February 2010, 18:23   #5
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matt, i hear what you're saying in regards to the lightweight nature of SIB's not demanding large amounts of fuel, however, i noticed that in a bit of chop or rougher conditions on considerably shorter trips the economy is much, much worse.

on another note; is there a specific reason as to why you shouldn't travel with the outboard on your SIB? surely the transom would be put under similar pressure on the water bouncing around with the weight of the outboard as it would on the road? do transoms break? can you get transoms reenforced so they can have outboards on them during road travel?
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Old 21 February 2010, 00:21   #6
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amazing, 200 views, 2 responses..i guess 1:100 ratio of advice offered is better than nothing??!!

I will be ringing around and enquiring with local boat shops here in Australia and leave you guys to it.

enjoy.
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this is ribnet, not sibnet! What do you expect?
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amazing, 200 views, 2 responses..i guess 1:100 ratio of advice offered is better than nothing??!!

I will be ringing around and enquiring with local boat shops here in Australia and leave you guys to it.

enjoy.
Clipper, I thought it was a bit of a rhetorical question - since you stated the facts. It didn't seem totally infeasible to me either, and as mmgarrett says you have a very lightweight/efficient package.

I don't have an identical package to compare - but a 60nm round trip (with only me on board) using a 20HP 2str in good conditions on a 3.9m boat (which is solid so heavier than your SIB) used a little under 30 L of fuel. It wasn't sitting at WOT all the way but it was close to it to keep up with two faster boats. So that seams to be consistent with your friend's fuel consumption. Your own boat does seem to have been particularly efficient - and/or your estimate of the amount of fuel you used is not very accurate (e.g. I find that I can get more than 25L in my '25L tank'.

As for why you got 200 views but only "2 responses". Firstly I don't think you made it clear that you had a specific question, rather than just reporting on a great day out. Secondly I wouldn't read too much into the number of views - I am sure it includes the automated search engine spiders which are constantly trawling the site looking for posts.

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well it was posted in the "SIBs" sub forum - a section that was created because of the large number of people with smaller boats and small engines.
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on another note; is there a specific reason as to why you shouldn't travel with the outboard on your SIB? surely the transom would be put under similar pressure on the water bouncing around with the weight of the outboard as it would on the road? do transoms break? can you get transoms reenforced so they can have outboards on them during road travel?
I'm sure this has been specifically discussed before. I don't think on a SIB with small engine the problem is with the transom breaking but rather the wear on the joint between the sib and the fabric. I guess the boat is supported quite differently when in the water (or bouncing in and out) compared to on a trailer. If it was mine I would have no worries about short trips on good roads.
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amazing, 200 views, 2 responses..i guess 1:100 ratio of advice offered is better than nothing??!!
I will be ringing around and enquiring with local boat shops here in Australia and leave you guys to it.
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As for why you got 200 views but only "2 responses". Firstly I don't think you made it clear that you had a specific question...
I can help answer part of your question, four of the views were me and I thought you were just bumming about how little fuel your boat used. My granddad used to do this about his 2CV, and I learned then not to fall into the trap of replying.

I'm still not sure what "answers" you wanted? Someone to say "Strewth Mate, you've got a magic engine!"? Maybe you should actually measure the amouint of fuel used before asking?

Given your hissy fit, I'd guess one of your crew pissed in your tank when you weren't looking...

Incidentally, don't be fooled by Polwart's placatory reply to you, when he's not Moderating me, he's the green Data Dude on Star Trek - programmed to be reasonable
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