Originally Posted by willk
OP - my 9.8hp 2S runs Wide Open Throttle at about 4.5L/hour (1.2USG) and a 25Nm day out for me comes in at 2.5USG. However, that is one up with no camping gear. The big issue as I see it is will your rig get on the plane with all that load in it. If you don't, then you're in bother, if it does you're still going to be running at high revs all day. Either way, your fuel consumption is going to be higher than mine. However, IIWY, I'd look hard at the load and space on that SIB and maybe try it out somewhere when the outcome isn't important (so no pressure to continue). A small boat like that won't handle much by way of waves when loaded and you may find that you feel happier sitting in the boat, rather than on the tubes. I appreciate that mine is a little smaller, but I'm just saying...
Willk, that's a great thread. You should
sticky it. It's helpful advice with good input; the best kind of thing for forums like this to espouse IMO.
Re: fuel consumption - that's good to know. Had planned to sit on a small cooler for motoring around but had planned to sit on the floor for the trip over. Pictured below is an anti-fatigue dishwashers floor mat I picked up at Home Depot for like $20. Padded, anti-slip - fits the bill.
Will a hydrofoil attachment help with the planing under load? I have a Whale Tail XL, but have been on the fence about mounting it.
As far as camping gear, we're both bringing our bicycle camping loads. My camping load is about 10~15lbs including food, and his is similar. I weigh about 230, buddy weighs about 165 wet.
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Preparations underway for this weekends trip. Last night I finished gluing the D-Rings inside and out, mounted transom tank and launch wheels. Tried to fit the replacement floor I made but it turned out to be a little bit too long and I almost wasn't able to get it out again.
Tonight I will trim down the floor and add some webbing to ease disassembly, reinforce or rebuild the foredeck and hit it all with a coat or two of polyurethane. No that's not where the anchor will live full-time.
I'll probably going to bring the reserve tank but will leave it on shore at the campsite. I'm sure you're right but will play it safe until I'm more familiar with what to expect.
I have a battery case (Mophie) for the iphone that gives me about 2 days of constant use with Pandora and GPS when bike touring. Phone is in a Dry Case and mounted to my arm. I also have a spare battery case and a solar charger for it. Phone life is territory I'm long familiar with
Thanks one and all for your ongoing input. This is a very interesting topic I take pretty seriously.