Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
BobT

Which way to go?

6 posts in this topic

I have a dilemma. I am planning on a fishing trip to meet my brother-in-law for some fishing near the Moccasin Point area on Lake Vermillion for the opener. A neighbor of mine is planning on going with me and he has access for us to use a friend’s cabin that is located in the Black Bay area. I plotted a tentative route from Moccasin Point to Black Bay using my GPS mapping software and the route total is a bit over 20 miles. Plotting a route by land I find it to be over 30 miles, possibly farther depending on which road we need to take into the Black Bay area.

I know my truck will get about 15mpg, give or take, but I do not know how my boat does for fuel economy. I have a 1998 Sylvan Adventurer 1600 with a Johnson 2-stroke 90hp of the same year. I do know that if I hold the speed down to less than 30mph the fuel economy is much better.

From a pleasure viewpoint, I think I would much rather just enjoy the ride and take the water route to the cabin at the end of the day rather than loading the boat and taking it over land.

From an environmentally friendly view however, I am at a loss to decide. The outboard runs very clean but all things being equal the truck would have to get roughly 30% better mileage than the boat to break even, which means the boat would have to get about 10mpg.

Is it reasonable to assume that the water route would be the “cleaner” route to take?

Bob

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The way I see using the boat or driving is going to be a pain either way. Driving, launching and fishing all day and reversing the process, or a 20 mile boat ride. Remember in mid May you WILL, unless this is the one opener in 10 years, run into some cold, windy and wet weather. Unless you can button up the boat you could be in for a long cold ride. I think I would opt for driving

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Take the boat and troll your way over!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would definitely trailer the boat back.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Trailer the boat.

Nothing ruins a good day of fishing than having to take a boat ride for that kind of distance cross-wind. You will enjoy a quiet ride in your truck talking about the great day.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Plus, if you take the boat and on the morning of your departure the wind really whips up you're now either going to have to wait it out or attempt to make the trip in the rollers.

I'd drive.

marine_man

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Stick in Mud
      Thanks for the ice report, Sculpin.  With the weather forecasted for the upcoming week, I'm sure I'll be up there next weekend, hopefully walking out from the northwest side.   van, yeah, I hear you.  I've been up to LOW a few times, and it is very fun to know there's the chance of catching a monster....but driving all that way for a bucket full of 12'' fish?  Not my cup of tea. I'll save the money and buy three dozen T-bones to make it through the winter. I'm sure people who know the lake better than I do have done better on the weekends I'm up there, but the reports at the resort we used were pretty similar.    I like the northwest side on ML because it's where we've been for almost 20 years, but it also has close access to sand, rocks, whatever weeds remain, mud flats, transitions, etc. The only thing we don't have up there is extensive gravel.
    • BassThumb.
      I'm curious to see how this works out. Do you plan to keep the battery warm while not is use on the water? 
    • Vitreus
      How much ice??????
    • Vitreus
      Picked up a couple of these (jigging rap with wings!):  
    • eyeguy 54
      didnt need hair dryer,  it went back to normal on it's own. paint chipped also.  nice idea the flat tip, just not for me I guess.