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post #6 of Old 01-18-2003
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Gas Vs. Deisel (are we crazy?)

I really disagree about the fuel economy of a gas engine vs diesel. Our Atomic 4 used to burn a little over a 1/4 gallon an hour which pretty much matched the fuel consumption of the smaller diesels that I used on similar weight boats. Atomic 4''s often had more horsepower than a small boat can absorb. When I hear of a boat getting noticably worse fuel economy from an Atomic 4 it was usually one in poor condition or a case where the engine is throttled up past hull speed.

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