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Re: Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas?

Originally Posted by krisscross View Post
Very true. But when you have a schedule to meet, fuel can be a real life saver.
If you are motoring because you have a schedule to meet,
a) you ain't cruising, since you've got a schedule and
b) you've got the wrong boat. A trawler might be a better choice.

A small diesel on a small boat doesn't require huge tankage. A yanmar 2 cylinder burns about a 1/2 gallon an hour at cruise, so a 10 gallon tank will allow you to motor a long time. In fact, bigger tanks give you bigger problems, as fuel stales out before it gets used, and condensation is a bigger issue.

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