Mother's Day 2014 at Petit Bois Island - May 11, 2014© Photos Posted by Mark Miller © Hi-Res Source
This was the first real Sea Trials for the new Yamaha 300. The previous day, Paul and I took her up the River and got some good economy readings with the boat unloaded and light. At 3600 RPM we were moving at 31 mph and getting 3.1mpg. At 4500 RPM we were moving at 38 mph and getting 2.2 mpg. At 5000 RPM we were moving at 43 mph and getting 1.7 mpg. Top end was at 5200 RPM 48 mph and 1.5mpg. On this trip we were loaded down with 6 persons, Island gear, and more fuel (120 gallons). The economy went down to 2.2 mpg at 31 mph turning 3800 rpm, but I am still very happy with it. It was also Mother's Day and we brought along Paul's friend Alec Newton and his Mother, Michelle Wooten. Ben had to work and save for College in the Fall, but Luke came along and brought his Surfboard. It was a bumpy day and the Surfing was good. The fishing lacked much action, but we were entertained by Dolphins, collecting drift wood, clams, and the normal Island fun in the sun stuff. Toward the end of the day a Lightering Ship cruised through the Channel and the Dolphins gave us a show riding her bow. Then Paul and Luke made a freediving run to the nearby channel marker hoping for a Cobia. Luke arrived first and did not find one, but did poke a nice Sheepshead (maybe 8 pounds). It was a good first run for the new Yamaha that encompassed 6 hours, 34.2 nm, and 18.3 gallons of fuel. The engine now has 3.7 total running hours.