Just returned from my first Nowitna River Hunt running the 21' Phantom 60/40 Sportjon with HPE190 Diesel and AT203 on a tunnel. We traveled 365 gps miles one way from Nenanna down the Tananna to the Yukon then down the Yukon to the Nowitna and then 90 miles up to the Little mud then 25 miles up the mud skipping log jams along the way. The 60/40 or forward console design like the Avenger made for great hunting platform. Pulling the pedestal seats out allowed us to sleep under the canvas comfortably so we utilized to boat to camp out of while we drifted and hunted back down the Little mud. The large bow deck made a great platform up front while the swim deck and engine compartment made for one on the back. With 145 gallons of fuel on board, two passengers and WAY too much gear we had over 2000lbs on board on the way down and on the way back we brought back a nice bull. Our round trip fuel consumption was 225 gallons over the 730 miles traveled. Diesel was readily available in Tananna although not via a hose at the waters edge. The folks at the Tananna commercial store graciously provided a truck to carry our 15 gallon drums to the water edge. Great folks! They even offered a free hot dinner, warm bunk and breakfast on our trip back up river. I was really amazed at the hospitality. Fuel was only $5.49 which was only $0.20 more then diesel in Cantwell and Nenana and it was $1 cheaper then gas. We only had to purchase 105 gallons on the river and returned back in Nenana not needing to utilize the 15 gal drum we stashed between Nenana and Tananna. Although the fuel economy was good, the wider 76" or 78" bottom sportjon model with the Hamilton and HPE190 or HPE250 would have been much better at 4+mpg. The only drawback may have been how it handled hitting some of the sandbars we skipped across on the way down and back. The AT203 on the tunnel did great keeping us moving forward while scrapping bottom. Time to go butcher up some quarters.
Fishing off the front deck.
Using rachet straps from the rails across the engine compartment provided a great platform for moose quarters to stay cool and off the floor. Provided for extra storage underneath as well.
Back bone, ribs, and neck under the tarp on the bow along with the remaining antlers after they had to be chopped at the check station.