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    Quote Originally Posted by pirate View Post
    3 engine sport 48 with 16 ft beam that run a little over 50 mph.
    that sounds fun!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pirate View Post
    A 44 or 50 ft Gibson will do 40 mph with 454s. The factory will be starting shortly, thet had a big water problem caused by the city and a massive clean up will be under way. Gibson is the fastest of the lot. I will see what I can find for you. been on Barkley and kentucky Lake many times. You want a new one we will build you a 3 engine sport 48 with 16 ft beam that run a little over 50 mph.
    we have 7 gibsons at our dock and the one behind us. they range in size from 41-55 ft,none of which will even remotely achieve those kind of speeds.does anyone have one that will?
    44 gibson executive
    on the muskingum river & ohio river
    marietta,ohio

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    I have a Gibson next to me on Kentucky lake that was for sale, not sure if it still is. I have driven it and it is a nice boat that handles well. I think a 50 foot with Twin 455's I am not sure what his price was I may have posted that on here but it is well under 100k. Again he may have taken it off the market as his main boat is still under repairs.
    If you are interested I'll check.
    This one is close to I40 in Tennessee.

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    I had a a 44 ft gibson on sea trial 3 yeas old that did 41. I had a custom 50 ft. 1976 with blueprinted 454s that would do 44 mph. I had a 36 Gibson that Hoot and I put together with 270s that would run 46 mph. The bottom has to be clean to do it
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    Wow.Sounds as if one would need to own an oil refinery. What is the fuel burn for that kind of speed, anyway? Just curious... We are comfortable at 7 knots in the Lotus Eater so far. The bump.to 9 more than doubles the fuel flow. If we have miles to cover in a hurry, I have the keys to a 165-knot alternative- at 9.5 gph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amelia View Post
    Wow.Sounds as if one would need to own an oil refinery. What is the fuel burn for that kind of speed, anyway? Just curious... We are comfortable at 7 knots in the Lotus Eater so far. The bump.to 9 more than doubles the fuel flow. If we have miles to cover in a hurry, I have the keys to a 165-knot alternative- at 9.5 gph.
    ours at 1600 rpm does 10mph by gps and gets 1.25 mpg with the generator running as well.certainly not a cheap ride but others are way worse!
    44 gibson executive
    on the muskingum river & ohio river
    marietta,ohio

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    I assume you are joking about 40mph on a gibson. My cruiser won't do that. I spoke to the owner of my marina this weekend and he said that stingers and transoms will eventually need redone in almost all gibsons. Is this a true statement?
    I have been browsing the www tonight and came across Twin Anchors houseboats they look amazing except there are not any around here and they are built in Canada. I have also look at Destination Yachts website they don't have prices but I'm assuming that they are out of my budget. What are your thoughts on these manufacturers/hull designs?

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    Remove your need to cruise at 20 mph and you open yourself up to a lot of different hull styles.

    You want to be able to cruise at 20 in a 45 to 50 foot houseboat, then you are looking at the options you have already been given.

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    It's all a matter of horsepower and money. In the 70s at least one manufacturer bragged their houseboat could tow TEN water skiers. I wouldn't want to pick up the fuel bill though.

    Personally I think going that fast sorta defeats the purpose of houseboating. You could always get a ski boat for a dinghy.
    She's a tired old barge but she's paid for!

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    Gibson made a Sport model. I looked at one before I bought the present boat. It was nice and also fast, though I cannot remember the speed. However it had a low ceiling that my 6-5 height would not fit into! If you are looking for speed it might be a good option.

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