Hull design, boat weight, engine type … It seems like there are many factors to consider when figuring out which boats are the most fuel efficient boats. Don’t worry though; It’s not difficult to figure out which motorized fishing machines are likely to get the best mileage on boat gas. While the type of boat you choose for fishing should primarily depend on how and where you plan to use it, it may be helpful to know that these boats are high on the list in terms of fuel efficiency.
1. Plan hull boats
What is the most economical boat hull design? The answer to this question is a plane hull. Plane hull boats are designed to glide smoothly over the water with sufficient power. Both flat-bottom and V-bottom hull shapes are considered planer boat hulls. These types of hulls function similarly to displacement hulls at slower speeds, but then climb to the surface of the water at higher speeds. If you want to fish on rivers and small lakes, flat-bottomed planer boats are some of the most fuel-efficient boats you can use. Remember, however, that these types of boats are not suitable for large, troubled waters.
2. Catamaran boats
Power catamarans are multihull boats that generally offer a more stable ride and better fuel efficiency than monohull boats. This is because the tight water entry of a catamaran hull design allows this type of boat to get on the aircraft easily and requires less energy to keep it on the aircraft, which often means better fuel economy. Catamaran fishing boats are a good choice when deep sea fishing or on large, open waterways because they are generally more stable than monohulls in large waves or rough conditions.
3. trawler boats
Trawler-style boats are a type of displacement hull boat that can operate on relatively low power and fuel consumption. Many trawlers operate with diesel engines, which are among the most economical boat engines. In addition, trawlers are equipped with low-speed half-displacement hulls that help improve the mileage of the boat’s gas. While many large commercial fishing boats are trawler boats, the most fuel-efficient trawler boats are less than 40 feet long and are made for recreational use.
4. Jon Boats
This type of boat is ideal if you are learning to boating. Because of their small size and lightweight construction, Jon boats can run on an electric trolling motor much of the time. While this means you limit yourself to calm inland waters, the benefit is that you don’t have to use as much fuel to get to your favorite lake fishing spots.
Now that you know some of the most economical boats for fishing, it’s time to narrow your options and find the best boat for your budget. Just think of all of the new fishing spots you can explore when you have a fuel efficient boat. Use this information to help you find the best type of boat for your fishing trips, get your boat registration, and catch more fish this summer.
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Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, advocate of sport fishing for women, IGFA world record holder and freshwater guide in southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has been featured in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @ shefishes2.