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the World’s Most Efficient Bassin 4-Stroke Combo – Mission Accomplished.
The test was
conducted in low 40-degree air temp and at nearly 1000-foot elevation about sea
level. Usually, the closer to sea level elevation and the cooler the air temps
the better the performance. Wind was approximately 3 mph. The BasSport had two
men aboard, 3-batteries, trolling motor and simulated tackle weight the SHO was
armed with a 14 ½ x 28 inch 4 blade prop. Most production boats run 25 to 27
inch props. The XB21 hull is very efficient so it can swing larger blades. The
SHO four stroke was loaded with 225 horse power generated at 5500 rpms.
Displacement on this motor is large at 4.2 liters and has 1:75 gear ratio.
The Yamaha SHO provided the power for the project
The Allison and
its 4-stroke power plant ran a top speed of 84.9 (on a short course). Mr.
Allison mentioned the combo could be made to run faster but the set up would
have to be different. He reminded us this project was about a stock boat
producing efficiency numbers.
Preparing to test the combo
This was the
fastest 21foot bass boat in the 2014 Bassmaster Elites and its fuel consumption
at nearly 85 mph resulted in 4.02 miles to the gallon (very impressive). The
BasSport’s most fuel-efficient cruise was at nearly 30 mph netting a 5.74 miles
Mission Accomplished - Power and Efficiency
kicker, even when the SHO/ Allison duo slowed to 70 mph it still netted over 4.7
miles per gallon. Most 21-foot bass boats with a 225 or 250 four-stroke attain
top speeds between 64-70-miles per hour and net 2.4 to 3.2 miles per gallon. To
put it in perspective the Allison/ Yamaha SHO ran 14 mile per hour faster and
when slowed down to the competitor top speeds it got nearly twice the fuel
saving of some fourstroke 21-foot combos. Try a 95.8 percent efficiency
increase in some cases.
A look at Grant's Elite Series ride
So how does
this all translate to professional angling? In the project boat, running 70 mph
an angler would have over a 200-mile range on a single tank of gas. And, at 70
mph save half of your hard earn dollars. If you paid 4.00 per gallon for
50-gallons of gas it would cost you about 200.00. To compete in a pro-event
requires 14-days of fishing (including pre-fishing). Let’s say, the angler
burns a tank each day that equals 2800.00. He fishes 4 professional, 3-day
events (include pre-fishing) and your angler has spent 11,200.00 in fuel.
Imagine gas attendant paying half (5600.00) back. That's fuel savings of 466.00
per month! There’s quite an incentive. Anyway you slice it, it is pretty clear
that Yamaha, Allison and Goldbeck successfully met their objective. At least
today, Allison and Yamaha can proudly state they have the fastest most efficient
stock four stroke Bassmaster elite boat on the 2014 tour.
Note the front
underbody of the BasSport and will see how water and wind are directed
Since we first
released the original interview several follow-on developments have occurred.
Allison came out with their 2015 BasSport loaded with all those cool innovations
they developed throughout the process. On December 23, 2014 NBC Sports aired a
show called “King of Offshore” in which Reggie Fountain and his once billion
dollar empire gave credit to Allison boats (their hull technology) for the
fountain racing success. Reggie Fountain used the Allison hull configuration and
technology to dominate offshore racing.
Pictured next to
the Classic champ Randy Howell is classic qualifier Teb Jones. Teb now runs an
Allison BasSport single console
announced angler Teb Jones from Mississippi qualified for the Bassmaster
Classic. Teb Jones was so impressed with the Allison BasSport Pro’s efficiency
that he will be running one in the 2015 Classic. “I am excited to run a
BasSport, I left a boat company to do this.”