Hi Stevie .. you ask a good question..and as Poly suggests..the answer you have given is based on theory.
Personally ..I would be very surprised if anyone used more than 50 litres. My thirsty 25HP two stroke is on a very heavy 4.3m SIB and gives around 10 miles for every 5 litres. Yours will be a lot more economical to run. Both Stig and Kaman returned figures of around 20L for a 50-60 mile journey on the SIB outings..so your figure is reasonable .. as they have similar set ups.
However its worth mentioning ..this trip is a bit different to SIBing in the Clyde. There is an old saying.. “there is no tide in the Clyde” ..which is not strictly true as there are tides ..but not like in the Sound of Mull.
At the Lismore end it runs approx 4 knots on springs. Its a 4 meter tide on the weekend planned..so is a spring tide.
In the sound itself .. it runs around 2 knots. At the top end..it varies and gets quite confused as tides from Loch Sunnart.. Sound of Mull ..and the Sea from Ardnamurchan all interact with each other..so we could assume 4 knots at that end too. These tides will all lower your fuel consumption. On the return journey..you will be heading straight into them. Hopefully .. they will assist on the Saturday’s journey
I would not be surprised if we went at displacement speed through the 4 knot tide races as it can get quite lumpy and uncomfortable going faster. This will use more fuel than going at plain speeds. If wind blows against the tide in the Sound ..it can be a lively journey.
Here are some photos from the sound ..but don’t let them put you off..I knew the Forecast on that day was for Force 6 gusts..and it happened. I wouldn’t go in those kind of conditions with folk I didn’t know their ability.
These are only to illustrate how the tide can interact with the wind if it gusts up ..especially across from Tobermory...and why you may not get fuel there under a difficult unforeseen circumstance .. (although very unlikely on this trip.)
At certain headlands ..large waves can form. That day..I had planned to cross to Tobermory..not for fuel..but for a Fish Supper. Its a bit of an open crossing to get there from the opposite side . I decided to stay on the side I was on. If i needed fuel..I would have been forced to make that crossing...something I didn’t really want to do in my 2.75m F Rib
Guess what Im saying is ..I know 50 litres will see me round..and possibly have a small drop left .. however I have the capacity to take more..so will. If anyone ran out of fuel ..I would offer them some. Im sure everyone else would do like wise too. We work as one on these adventures.
However..it makes sense to carry as much as you can to cover your own trip ..and also be in a position to cover the unforeseen. I would hope that if it was only me and you on the trip ..and my two stroke broke down.. you would offer to tow me to safety..which would also use more fuel than calculated. My fuel is two stroke ..so we cant swap fuel. However I also carry some without two stroke oil..(plus some 2 stroke oil) for unforeseen circumstances. Poly used more fuel than he planned last year..as he kindly took an extra passanger who couldn’t get his OB going.
Hope that helps explain why it is best to carry more fuel as Im sure many other unplanned for things can happen too.
As Jeff mentions..it will be good experience going in company ..you are already seeing a little part of “Route Planning” and having alternate plans B and C .. and worst case things that could happen etc.
If your boat is the same as Poly’s.. you will also be like me.. and find it too heavy to pull up a beach ?..so will have to anchor. Keep that in mind too..if that is your situation. Carry enough rope to tie onto land and a decent anchor for over the stern.
@Breezeblock..yup..a boat can get through at hight tide..but be wary if you try with a large RIB.. its a narrow rocky seaweed strewn channel..and when the tide turns..has a strong flow to bounce your boat off the sides. A path has been cleared of seaweed by the many kayakers who portage their boats through at less than ideal times.This is a photo of the east exit at mid to low tide.
Its perhaps worth mentioning that if we go round Oronsay..which is more than likely..there are a few nasty rocks just lurking below the surface on the way past Ceann Garbh point. You may think you are well clear of land..then they appear. They have taken a few lumps out of unwary props in their passing..so beware of them.and go further out than you may initially think.