its good read.....Here difference between gas and diesel engine in small powerboat let say v hull 190 /250 hp is between 800 to 1200 hours ,so if u buy gas engine u can make 1000h+ hours in start price difference ,and only after that u will start saving on fuel with diesel engine.....
Great article Boot, thanks for sharing. You might want to edit the title (Glenn). Just sayin'. IMO, the 32 Holland is a great hull for gas, as easy as they sail. I would think a 30 South Shore, or any of the older, narrow, flat aft skeag boats would all take advantage of a gas V-8. And when exhausted properly, they sound good.
Roger that. That story reminded me of some great racing back in the day, Red Baron vs. Daydreamer. 32 Holland vs. 30 South Shore. Both were running big block fords if I remember correctly. It was a sweet sound to hear those two headed down the course getting after it. Both boats were running mid to upper 40's (mph) I believe.
The only kind of boat I would even consider having a gas engine in, is a smaller (under 26') recreational, light weight, low use boat that is used on a lake or river; basically an open bow ski boat with an I/O. The resale and safety factor alone make the extra money of the diesel worth it in my opinion. When/if you ever sell the boat, you will more than get your money out of the extra initial cost of the diesel engine, you will save money in fuel expenses the entire time you own the boat, a diesel engine like a 5.9 Cummins will last way longer than a little gasser and have twice the power, and you will enjoy your boating experience more knowing your diesel fuel isn't a bomb waiting to explode. With the high cost of a new DE boat, why in the name of common sense would you try to save at most $10-15k on the heart of your boat? It's an interesting article, but he is exxagerating some of his arguments to make the gasser look more appealing (in my opinion).