Real info from 130 mile cruise in 2006 2700 SE
Just completed my longest excursion on my 06 2700 SE. 350 MPI/Bravo 3. Dana Point, CA to Point Loma and back. Usually I would trailer the beast and launch closer to our destination, but I wanted to give the 131 mile journey a go. I also just replaced the rotors on my Tundra (yes a 2nd generation Tundra can pull this 9000 lb boat/trailer combo) due to corrosion from saltwater boat loading and unloading, so I didnt want to get them wet!
Fuel data, actual MPG was easy to record. I used my GPS to track our course. Topped off gas to get accurate measures on this. Wind and swell were light, traveled at dawn both ways. Temperature was cool so we had canopy up and front and side strato-glass in place. I believe this had an impact on my overall fuel consumption, as well as the fuel and water tanks being full. Myself and girlfriend, surfboards and a couple hundred pounds of standard boat equipment on board.
First leg of the trip was 73 miles. Burned 55 gallons total, appx 4000 RPM most of the time, cruising between 19-21 knots, giving us an average of 1.3 mpg.
Second leg of the trip was 57 miles, burned 38.5 gallons, appx 3600 RPM most of the time, cruising 16-18 knots, giving us an average of 1.5 mpg.
Boattest.com reported double these figures, but they were on a lake, no wind or swell, no water, and 3/8 tank of gas and I imagine no radar arch with bimini and windshield in place. The 2700 SE handled great. We have had several smaller range adventures and this was our biggest yet. I am 3rd owner and she now has 270 hours. Only major repair has been oil pan replacement due to corrosion and poor design of a drain hose attachment. Had to remove arch and pull motor but it was necessary. Next task is to find out where small water leak is. Port side. I dont see any leaks at any thru hulls. I can see exactly which drain tube the water is being delivered from, but where that is routed to I have no idea!!! Drives me nuts because the bilge pump does not get the bottom inch of water and I like to keep a very tidy bilge. Long super soaker squirt gun and a bucket makes the job easier.
Girlfriend and I now want larger boat so someone is going to get a great boat when I sell this one. Just the thought of selling it makes me cringe because it is so well cared for and reliable. I can only hope that my next boat is as great as my current maxum 2700 SE! Note to self, dont get a slip next to bigger nicer boats when your girlfriend is with you.