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seaviper
Posts: 14
Registered: ‎09-01-2011

Tracker 1754 Grizzly with E-TEC 75 hp

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Just repowered my 2007 Tracker Grizzly 1754 SC with a 75 hp E-TEC w/ 13.5x17 Viper prop. Previous power was a Merc 4-stroke 25hp engine.

 

Load 1 person (190lbs), 10 gals gas, safety gear (edit:  trolling motor and battery up front.)

 

Time to plane..about 2 seconds.

 

WOT  5000 rpm, 41 mph 

           4000 rpm, 30 mph 

           3500 rpm, 28 mph

           3200 rpm, 25 mph

 

Fuel usage ~7.5 mpg  over 20 mile course, mixed throttle settings but mostly at about 3200 rpm and 25 mph with some short runs at WOT.

 

Bilge outlet on right side is above waterline at rest.

 

 

 

 

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BluewaterBill
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Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: Tracker 1754 Grizzly with E-TEC 75 hp

If you can, give a 15" Rogue prop a try and see if it is more efficient at cruise speeds and if it performs better with several people in the boat, along with a full gas tank, and more gear aboard. Your rpm is on the low side with such a light load.

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seaviper
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Registered: ‎09-01-2011

Re: Tracker 1754 Grizzly with E-TEC 75 hp

During the test run, it was windy and choppy. Both the run out and the run back had headwinds and strong crosswinds due to weather approaching.  RPM's looked good to me.  However, I would expect a little better in calm water with no wind. Speed was reported by GPS not a water wheel. It was a light load, but I neglected to mention the trolling motor and big battery up front (~80-90 lbs motor and batt).

 

This weekend I should have an opportunity to test the setup with a normal load on a typical mission profile. Basically that includes myself, another person, a 150qt ice chest, 5 gal bait bucket, and rods. I figure the typical fishing trip is about 300 lbs more than my test run yesterday.  Typical distance on water is 25-30 statute miles one way for a back country trip.

 

Photos when I can get the time to upload them.

 



 

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seaviper
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Registered: ‎09-01-2011

Re: Tracker 1754 Grizzly with E-TEC 75 hp

My prop is actually a 13 7/8 x 17 Viper. The paperwork said 13.5 x 17 for some reason. Overall I am highly satisfied with this combination on this boat.

I carry an extra 3 gallon tank (for a total of 13 gallons+) to give me a 100 mile range at typical cruise settings. 66 mile range with 1/3 in reserve.
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seaviper
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Registered: ‎09-01-2011

Re: Tracker 1754 Grizzly with E-TEC 75 hp

Just did a fishing trip from Flamingo, Florida out to Shark River and back yesterday with the e-tec powered Grizzly.

 

Load out was 2 people (350 lbs), 150qt ice chest (~50lbs), trolling motor and battery (80 lbs), safety gear (~20 lbs), fishing tackle, rods and food etc (~15 lbs). Fuel load was 13 gallons.

 

Total distance was 49.1 sm. Used 6.6 gal of gas. Typical power setting was 3000-3300 RPM and cruise speed was about 23-25 smph. Average fuel economy was 7.4 smpg.

 

 

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