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    Default jet sport boat w/Diesel power,no thanks

    Been there done that,was not impresed. terrible exhaust fumes, better with #1 grade still headache all the time, noisy compared to gas, three to four times more initial cost, parts
    cost much more if you can find parts,finding someone authorized and capable of working on the motor , most noted was that everything on the boat smelled like diesel fuel,when hot diesel exhaust is filtered through cold water and when the exhaust enters warm air it tends to liquify again, a noticible sheen on top the water was always present,we tried several things including diff. degree temp, thermostats. long story short a SB 350 ci chevrolet went in the hole. (results) less expense, more power, cheaper fuel cost,parts are available anywhere,lighter in weight, think about this,when you run out of fuel what are the chances of finding diesel on the river? I own a diesel pickup,and wouldnt drive anything else, Ill take a gas eng in a boat . by a local boatbuilder

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    Quote Originally Posted by moosemaster350 View Post
    Been there done that,was not impresed. terrible exhaust fumes, better with #1 grade still headache all the time, noisy compared to gas, three to four times more initial cost, parts
    cost much more if you can find parts,finding someone authorized and capable of working on the motor , most noted was that everything on the boat smelled like diesel fuel,when hot diesel exhaust is filtered through cold water and when the exhaust enters warm air it tends to liquify again, a noticible sheen on top the water was always present,we tried several things including diff. degree temp, thermostats. long story short a SB 350 ci chevrolet went in the hole. (results) less expense, more power, cheaper fuel cost,parts are available anywhere,lighter in weight, think about this,when you run out of fuel what are the chances of finding diesel on the river? I own a diesel pickup,and wouldnt drive anything else, Ill take a gas eng in a boat . by a local boatbuilder
    So what brand diesel did your run? Many of todays lightweight diesels are lighter then a 350 and produce equal performance with much less fuel consumption. 2.5-3.5gph less in fact. Other then initial cost, the fuel saving and life expectancy with a diesel will pay for itself in under 1000 hrs. There's fuel in every village and with the extend fuel range needing fuel shouldn't be a problem with proper planning, but it could lead to a problem if you don't plan ahead. The issue regarding this we seen this year was not being able to give fuel to a guy who ran out of gas. Since you can run offroad diesel, the fuel cost is significantly less as well. Lets not forget also that diesel is much safer and less hazardous and less likely to go boom!

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    Oh god not again!

    On another note, how many boats have actually gone boom? (while running/in use/piled up on the bar/looking good on the trailer) Stir Stir Stir *two hands now* STIR STIR STIR

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    [QUOTE=easthillsfbx;861589]Oh god not again!

    At least it's consolidated to it's own thread and not spread across the whole power boating forum......

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    Quote Originally Posted by easthillsfbx View Post
    Oh god not again!

    On another note, how many boats have actually gone boom? (while running/in use/piled up on the bar/looking good on the trailer) Stir Stir Stir *two hands now* STIR STIR STIR
    I'm sure there's statistics out there that would provide some numbers. It would be interesting to see how many gas ones went boom compared to how many diesel boats. Why do you think engine room blowers are required on gas boat but not on diesels? Was just talking to a guy who use to fish out in bristol bay and he indicated they use to all raft up at the fuel dock and boats would just slide into the dock to fuel up one by one. A boat that had just fueled up with gas was pulling away when it blew. Threw the crew member over 50 ft into the water and the captain was blow out of the cabin through the windshield and into the water. Amazingly everyone survived with just cuts, bruises and blown ear drums. Here's an interesting event in 2010.

    http://www.kgw.com/news/local/Three-...-89273632.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by easthillsfbx View Post
    Oh god not again!

    On another note, how many boats have actually gone boom? (while running/in use/piled up on the bar/looking good on the trailer) Stir Stir Stir *two hands now* STIR STIR STIR

    Here's a link to USCG stats. I'm willing to bet most if not all Fire/explosions are the result of gas but unfortunately the document doesn't specify.

    http://www.uscgboating.org/assets/1/...ations/394.PDF

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