Thursday, December 8, 2011
Beavertail BT3 Performance Figures
The fuel consumption of this Yamaha has been phenomenal at just under 3 gph. That's during an actual fishing trip that included jumping on and off plane at least a dozen times with two anglers and a full tank of gas. This is better than I expected and about the same as my older and lighter Beavertail B2 with its 2 stroke 50. This engine is a real winner.
The draft is 7 1/2 inches and that was measured right after I took the photo above, again with two anglers, a full tank of gas, a loaded cooler, and a lot of fishing gear. I've also got this boat rigged with a 24v remote control Minn Kota trolling motor and a Power Pole so there's another 200 pounds. Skip those two options and you'll probably loose 1/2 of draft. That's only a one inch gain over a full loaded B2.
Overall, I'm thrilled with this boat and the ride still amazes me. I've always hated getting wet, especially on a cold morning like today and the BT3 has totally solved that problem. If you're in the market for a new skiff then a Beavertail has to be on your list. I'll be happy to give anyone a free test ride if you're in the neighborhood