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Old 02 October 2012, 19:07   #11
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Knew a guy running an 18' RIB as a dive boat; he had a Honda 90 with tiller steering.

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Old 03 October 2012, 05:48   #12
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Why not go for two x 25hp? At least you won't need an aux!

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Old 03 October 2012, 12:04   #13
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My 40hp came as a pull start. It wasn't run very long like that before a starter motor was installed and the battery connected. Now I can't stand trying to pull start and like to hit the starter button. Plus if the boat is loaded with gear in pitching seas, it is kinda dangerous to stand up and pull hard on a rope.

Tillers are great if space is an issue. IE: boats used to haul scuba gear. For throwing one or two people in and going for a cruise I would much prefer having a helm.
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Old 03 October 2012, 15:01   #14
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cool boat! but how will that work!? the engines dont look connected for steering or throttle?
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Old 03 October 2012, 15:56   #15
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It does have a connecting rod for steering both engines from one. I couldn't see if gears or throttles were connected.
I haven't used the boat, I've simply seen it moored in Poole and seen it out in use. Strangely when I saw it in use they had one engine raised and were running on just one and still planned easily with two adults and dog on board. They've got lots of fuel reserves so obviously planning going long distances! Alderney?

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Old 04 October 2012, 04:03   #16
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cool boat! but how will that work!? the engines dont look connected for steering or throttle?
Engines connected with a bar as per twin steering on a wheel .

Modify the tiler on one to take auxiliary throttle cable(s), connect same to the other engine.

If it's a modern engine with tiller gearshift ditto, if not, you just manoever with the engine nearest you's gearshift and leave the other in neutral / switched off.



Barrus (I think) used to sell something called T.E.S.T. but as google removes the dots finding it is a pain.....
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Engines connected with a bar as per twin steering on a wheel .

Modify the tiler on one to take auxiliary throttle cable(s), connect same to the other engine.

If it's a modern engine with tiller gearshift ditto, if not, you just manoever with the engine nearest you's gearshift and leave the other in neutral / switched off.

Barrus (I think) used to sell something called T.E.S.T. but as google removes the dots finding it is a pain.....
Seem to remember the early RNLI ,, C class lifeboats ,
based on a zodiac grand raid 17 ft inflatable which was powered by 2 x 40 hp outboards.

seperate units but they needed 2 crew to operate each engine gear lever (though each lever did have a longer extension rod to the front of the engine with a large knob on )
Although they did have a steering linkage-bar think it was the later ones that had the combined throttle / gear set up which may have been a joint effort between rnli & Barrus ,
trying to work out what T.e.s.t stands for .

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T.e.s.t,,,, twin engined single tiller!
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Why not go for two x 25hp? At least you won't need an aux
2 x 25 HP Does not equal a single 50 HP, the combo looks very nice and eyecatching, the only small issues to worry about are: needs doube fuel, oil, maintenance, spare parts and tech headaches.

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