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Old 09 April 2003, 00:19   #1
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close or further apart?

When mounting twin outboards what performance differances do you get mounting your motors close together or far apart?
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Old 09 April 2003, 04:21   #2
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Greetings Eksrae
My impression was that it was a trade off, wider appart for better manoverablitiy when working twins vs power, hydro dynamics and fuel ecconomy.
Come on guys and gals, is this correct?
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Old 09 April 2003, 05:00   #3
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Having the motors as close together as pos is a racing thing! It makes for better average speed, as the closer they are together, the lower they can be on the transom (they're further down the deadrise)with the same anti-ventilation plate height, the thrust line is closer to the centreline of the boat in the event only one motor 'biting' ,and generaly better handling at high speed!

But crap in the marina!
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Think about maintaince be able to work between them if it arises,do you have oil entries on the right of the motor for trim tilt etc,this sounds fairly obvious but ensure the motors dont hit the tubes when turning, but have you thought about camber I am told this improves stability when turning (catamaran) here is a pic to try to show you gavin
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? Is your example not more for getting "clean" water to the props behind the keels versus width of transom left inbetween tubes than anything else ?
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Stability

This set up was present in the boat when it came to us, it apparantly improves stability when turning ,as we are a Catamaran,I have only seen it on Cats gavin
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Keep them as close together as possible, I reckon.

Toe them in a wee bit to preload the steering.

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On a trihedral hull, centre deep V, I got the best all round results with far apart, and toed in. Not counter-rotating however, and I required manoeuverability (or how ever you spell it !) and sea keeping ability more than speed.
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I know its not a RIB but on a dory 17 we found the furtherest appart made for the best manoverablity, didn't care about top speed - though she was no sluch either!
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there must be a happy medium somewhere? good handling as well as speed. I guess the only way to find out is to move them around?????
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