Wow! I am so happy that so many of you have taken the time to look at the blog and check out the video. Thanks for the positive feedback.
I haven't been able to get much done lately because a staging plank I was working on at my regular job broke and I fell and sprained my ankle pretty bad. Nothing broken but Doc says it could take 3 months to get back to normal.
It happened middle of December and I am just now getting to the point where I can spend about 3 hours up and productive before I have to give it a rest.
I noticed on the Gibson Houseboat website that they tested a 47' Classic with 2 110hp Yanmar diesels and the boat could maintain 9 MPH at 3.6 MPG.
I think that type of economy is what I'm shooting for.
Now just when I think I've got it figured out my local Mercruiser dealer tells me that the Bravo III drive with the counter-rotating props will make the slow speed handling and tracking much better. He feels that a single 5.0 260hp motor with the Bravo III is the way to go. Looking at my hull shape he felt there was enough keel and shape to give me decent results with a single motor. He is checking to see if he can get a remanufactured one from Mercruiser. If not a brand new Seacore 5.0 MPI with Bravo III an transom shield and pump is around $16,000.
I am still waiting for pricing from Cummins Mercruiser. I'll let you know what they have when they get back to me.
Hang to the riggins,
Wado the Maineiac
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