I'm LOVIN' my Rinker
The boat has never run so good, I'm sure, in the last five years.
I love the way that high bow and deep V handles the water. A bit of chop, boat wake and even a few times we got caught out in a flash thunderstorm with 40 mile an hour winds and she handled it all with ease.
I know, I know,....don't get too happy, something else is bound to happen sometime...it is after all a 17 year boat. BOAT....
Here are some shots from a recent run. Growing up in Northern Ontario (not freakin' Muskoka, think 400 miles further north...) we always learned that you don't go anywhere without a full tank of fuel. As a result, at half a tank I always start thinking of re-fueling. Extra weight be damned. Same with our fresh water tank. Our marina doesn't have treated water available, so its' either drag it in 5 gallon cans, or whenever I get a chance I fill 'er up and keep it full. So a bit of weight. I usually run with trim tabs at least half down, drive trimmed down. Maybe the starboard tab trimmed down a touch more to compensate for the slight port list that seems to be inherent, but also because all my passengers are on that side, and a full water tank. Here is my usual cruising speed. Around 3400 RPM, boat planes just slightly bow proud, usually around 22.5 to 24 mph depending on wind and bottom condition. No bottom paint, original gel-coat. The engine sounds happy and relaxed and I think I get my best fuel consumption at this speed. (for being on plane)
At around 3600 RPM I get a little more, not much more speed, but slightly flatter ride. Usually 26 - 27 mph.
And at around 3800 RPM I usually see around 28 to sometimes even 30 mph, nice stable flat ride, engine has a nice growl to it. You can tell it's thirsty, but just flexing it's muscle a bit.
My engine doesn't allow for VV or even Smartcraft hook up, so I don't get to see live fuel burn. Admiral is happy, because she knows that if it was compatible there would be $$Boat Units spent on installing it. But I have been tracking my fill ups and hours for the season.
Initial fill:April 19, 2017
Supreme (Top) 278.475 L (73.5 USG)
$375.66 ($294.66 USD)
June 8, 2017 14.82L/H (3.915 USG/H)
Gold (Mid) 191.191 L $19.56/H ($15.34 USD/H)
$252.56 ($198.03 USD)
June 30, 2017 22.99L/H (6.073 USG/H)
Gold (Mid) 268.349 L $29.43/H ($23.07 USD/H)
$343.76 ($269 USD)
20.9L/H (5.52 USG/H)
Silver (Reg) 188.227L $24.80/H ($19.44 USD/H)
$223.24 ($175 USD)
August 11, 2017 24.79L/H (6.549 USG/H)
Silver (Reg) 220.605L $31.38/H ($24.58 USD/H)
$279.29 ($218.32 USD)
Average Fuel Cost for Season thus far $28.53/H or ($22.35 USD/H)
22.89L/H or (6.047 USG/H)
I got these averages from just the last three fill ups as I feel they are more indicative of real world use. The first fill up at 12.9 hours was artificially low because there was a lot of time at idle at the dock while we tested and fixed various things, and lot more low speed running as I got used to the boat and the handling, docking practice etc. The last couple of fill ups include a couple of good long runs on plane, a few of at least two hours duration (with some slow downs for no wake zones etc) but a better indication of regular use on plane.
Sorry, a long post, but maybe some useful info for other 270 owners.
mpi with 280 hp. Mine is a 2006. Must be the props?
To be honest I'm surprised how good this Rinker is on gas considering the size of the boat. I expected higher consumption. I knew getting into a cruiser would be costly but I consider it a good trade off for the enjoyment and the sense of accomplishment we get out of it. We worked hard for a lot of years to get here. My buddy scoffs at what I spend boating, yet he smokes like a chimney and spends $5G's plus a year on golf memberships. For what he spends I could afford a 342.
PC BYC, Holland, MI