added boat + fuel consumption

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 13:28
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Hi everyone,

I have some questions regarding fuel consumption about towing a boat. I am in the process of getting my boat transported from Syd to Perth.
I have travelled from Sydney to Perth in my Troopy (hj75 99 series) which had a reasonable fuel consumption but still cost $$$$. I plan on towing the boat up the north coast into the Kimbereleys and fishing all the places along the way.
The boat is a tabs territory 5.85 plate alloy which sits about 6m on the trailer and is quite heavy.
So my question is what sort of extra $$$$ will this boat end costing being towed? I used to find a full tank (diesel) would get me about 5 1/2 hrs driving time 100kmph on the highway minus the boat, Just how much much would this change with the boat in tow?
And it may also end up being towed back across the top end and eventually into Sydney which is along way.
Also the cheapest quote i have so far to get the boat transported is $3500, does anyone know of a cheaper alternative?

any info much appreciated,

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Reply By: bgreeni - Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 15:16

Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 15:16
I went through this a couple of years ago (transport boat from Sydney to Perth)

Finally decided the cheapest way was to drive to Sydney, pick up the boat and tow it back. Trip took 3 days each way with a day in Sydney getting the boat out of storage and ready to travel.

Cost was helped by the fact the car was on novated lease and I needed to put some KMs on to get to the required usage.
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 15:24

Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 15:24
If you have your boat loaded with gar. IE camping and fishing you can expect to increase fuel consumption by between 20/25%. so it is still not going to be cheap. I take it that your vehicle is a TD 4.2ltr.
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Follow Up By: Maîneÿ . . .- Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 17:24

Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 17:24
I found with my Camper Trailer, it was better to put most weighty items in vehicle - not in Camper Trailer, it gave better braking and towing characteristics.

I'm towing my boat up to the Kimberley this winter, and will be using the same strategy of putting heavy items in vehicle and only light stuff (if any at all) in the boat.

Maîneÿ . . .
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Reply By: Member - Barry (NT) - Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 15:30

Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 15:30
Old salty

we have Quintrex 5.6m that comes in at 1.2 tonnes fully loaded 2 spares all fishing gear etc.

We towed Darwin to Adelaide and Eyre Peninsula with LC79 series ute with 4.2TD and we didn't notice a significant increase in fuel at 100kPh, maybe 2-3 l per 100Km max extra. Slow down to say 85-90kPh for max fuel economy works well also.

The LC tows this weights well. We now tow 3 tonnes van and fuel is 16- 18 l per 100km.

Hope this helps

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Reply By: oldsalty - Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 16:43

Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 16:43
thanks guys,the troopy is not turbo diesel.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew L (QLD) - Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 22:33

Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 22:33
Then double your fuel...
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Reply By: jezza68 - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 00:32

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 00:32
G'day Old Salty,

I tow a similar boat and got 420 kms out of a 90lt tank. GQ 4.2 diesel.
The time of year can also play a role. The best fishing for a boat up here is from May to August. But you will be towing directly into the prevailing easterly so your fuel could be worse.

May I suugest towing directly from Sydney up thru the NT and commence from Kununurra and work West to make use of the tail wind?? By the time you reach Perth you can tow across the Nullabor with yet more tailwind assistance.
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