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Old 07-02-2013, 12:02 PM   #1
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Okay I know this is not the right forum but I need some advice. I am looking at upgrading from a 22 center console to a 33-35 express or flybridge. I am looking at a 33 Wellcraft express with twin Cummins 330BTA engines with 1600 hours. Also found a 35 Luhrs with twin 454s. Ideas on whit way to go gas or diesel?

We are just getting into the offshore fishing and would like to know what kind of thins I need to stay away from.

Any input would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:23 PM   #2
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I would definitely go with diesel over gas
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:56 PM   #3
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Not even a question. Those 454s will break you. I use to fish with a guy out of ob that had a pair in a 31 tiara. Needless to say we didn't have near the range of a comparable boat with diesels. And if you plan on trolling you can beat the harmonics of diesels engines. Just my .02.
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Agree, go with the diesels. Longer life, better maintenance and more torque to the water.
Us: twin CAT 3208 turbos, not just a common marine application power-horse but in went in thousands of trucks and school busses around the country. Unfortunately, CAT no longer builds these being replaced with a cleaner diesel.
Newer Asian diesels run at higher RPMs and more frequently replaced instead of rebuilt. (Just an opinion)
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:35 PM   #5
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I can relate as I had a similar path coming from outboards then onto diesels. Go with diesels willing to share any infos if interested 341 7166,
BTW I am selling a 32ft Stuart Express with twin Detroits very low hours if you want to have a look...
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:44 PM   #6
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Absolutly Diesel over gas, fuel burn savings, reliability and piece of mind. No to mention the fish raising aspect. Granted I have a smaller boat, Composite Yacht 26 with 315 Yanmar cruises 3200 rpm and 23 kts, full day off shore 60 to 70 miles south 200 or more miles daylight to dark trip 65 to 75 gallons.

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While I agree on the diesels over gas, more than anything locate and hire a good surveyor and mechanic to completely inspect the prospective vessels and their engines. This is money well spent! I would then ask the mechanic what he would anticipate the maintenance/upkeep cost would be for each set of engines.

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Old 07-02-2013, 02:13 PM   #8
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Thanks for the input guys!

MSVIKING Can you recommend someone in the OB area?

Frenchy Can you send me some details?
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Not even close! Diesel over gas any day of the week! I agree with MSViking on the hiring of a surveyor and mechanic. If you have not settled on the boat, I recommend the folks at Galati Yachts and they have an office at the Wharf. They are great people to work with and can probably recommend the surveyor and mechanic. Finally, welcome to the wonderful world of the Deep Blue Gulf of Mexico!
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