Today we finally got a chance to see how much our 25 foot Thunderjet Maxim would carry in preparation for our upcoming moose hunt. Boat has the 496 HO connected to a Hamilton 212.
Filled up 6 - 55, and 3 - 15 gallon barrels with water (calculated weight 3,127). Had about 100 pounds of misc gear on the boat and a full fuel tank (110 gallons). Two adults on board as well. She managed to get on step but it took awhile. Once on step getting to low 30's was pretty easy. Would get on step at about 17 mph. Motor was revving up to 4,400 rpms which surprised me as I was told this motor would not go above 4,200.
Replacing the water in the barrels with gasoline will reduce the weight by about 850 pounds which we will make up in food and camping gear. Considering we will only have full fuel barrels when we leave the boat launch and Galena and will be going down stream for the first hour after that we will be in good shape. Still, I was expecting the boat to do a little better getting on step but guess it does not matter as we are carrying all the gas we should.
Is it is the middle of September yet ?