Originally Posted by JohnRPollard
Good think you didn't buy an Expresscruiser! One of those would make your fying fuel costs look cheap!
That's for sure. In addition to smaller sailboats and my current Nauticat, I've owned two express cruisers for use as scuba diving platforms and fast taxis to get to local wreck sites. Thankfully, I sold my last one a couple years ago (with twin engine 454 ci big blocks) before the big spikes in gas prices.
As an example of a typical vacation trip on that boat from my homeport to Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, we would need to cruise at a minimum of 23 kts to get up on plane and burn 30 gal/hr for 3 hours one way. With gas prices at 4.50/gal, that equates to $800.00 for a round trip.
Last time we made that trip in True Blue, round trip fuel usage cost us $90 . . . would have been zero if the wind hadn't quit while half way there.