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Old 18 October 2004, 16:14   #1
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One or Two Engines ?

My choice of new boat appears to be

A: AZodiac pro open 650 with a 200hp on the back or


B: A Zodiac Pro Open 650 with twin 70 hp's on the back.

All advice will be accepted please help me with your knowledge. Both boats are the same age but the twin 70's have only 30 hours on them. I think the 650 is rated to a 175 hp so is the extra 25 hp really a problem ?
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Old 18 October 2004, 16:16   #2
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1st question WHY A ZODIAC??
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Old 18 October 2004, 16:22   #3
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1st question WHY A ZODIAC??
The day you buy is the day you sell !! I just sold my last zodiac after two years use and got what I paid for it. Well known brand, easy to remove tubes,they perform well in a big sea (Irish). Why not ???

Any way this thread is about engines please.
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Old 18 October 2004, 16:35   #4
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OK Scotty well it all depends what you want to do with the boat.

1. Single engine less weight
2. Twin set more weight but 2x70 bhp will be similar weight to the 200 I recon

3. Speed most probably you will go faster with the 200

4. Pooling power, the twins will give you more torque if you tow say a skier or if you have a lot of staff to carry. However re-propping the 200 you will have the same effect

5. Consumption and servicing expenses better with the single than the twin

6. The 70 bhp (the Ymas at least) they do not come as lest and right rotation. So you may have a problem there.

6. As it sounds the ideal would have been either 2x90 bhp or 2x115 bhp


.... but for a ZODIAC??
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.... but for a ZODIAC??

OK Manos I give in.......... Whats wrong with Zodiac ??
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I think the 650 is rated to a 175 hp so is the extra 25 hp really a problem ?
I would be careful about going over the rating as you may invalidate your insurance if you had an accident and had too many horses! If I were you I would check with my insurance company before buying. HTH.
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Old 18 October 2004, 16:44   #7
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Nothing is worng with the boat. But .......... is not popular if you see what I mean. I had a Cadet when I was 12 with a 9.9 Johnson. Kept it for over 10 years and I still got the boat and engine. It has been great and lasted very well tubes like new considering that it was left under the sun unwashed for 3 months every summer for the 10 years.
But for the money you will spend on this 6+ mtr Zodiac I thinK that you can get a much better boat. Also these PVC tubes don't trust them. Mine lasted just for 2 seasons and will need to change them in a year or so. For the hired boats will have to change them next year.
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Scotty, I think there must be 20 mph difference in top speed between the two engine options, so I know which one I would choose.

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Scotty, the twin engined rig will be like having 105hp vs 200hp. If you go for twins I've been told that you will lose half the power of one engine because of the additional drag. 70*1.5 = 105hp.

Also as you are in Ireland it may be worth giving Marine Motors Cork a call to see what they have in stock. They are Zodiac dealers (and Redbay!!) and seem to always have an Ocean Pro or two on their cards.

http://www.marinemotorscork.com/usedboats.htm

They've got a Zodiac SRMN in stock as well which is a very capable boat.
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Scotty,

The power loss with a two engined set up is certainly an issue.

But there is another consideraion: Why do you want two engines? If the answer is for safety reasons, then IMHO you also need to have separate fuel supplies to each engine. If you don't and your fuel gets contaminated it will take out both engines. I suppose the same applies to electrical systems? Where do you stop?

I would go for the single engine option & get a small aux engine & fuel can to get you home.

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