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Old 04 February 2015, 13:19   #11
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I would say a single too for fuel economy and overall cost to get it running. Of course I also believe two motors are better than one, and a kicker would be fitted to the transom too.
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Old 04 February 2015, 14:21   #12
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For twins I would be using seperate fuel sources and batteries. The boat is currently set up to hold two batteries and 2 portable fuel tanks under the seat. There are also strap-down locations for 3 additional portable fuel tanks(one on either side of the transom behind the jockey, and one in front of the jockey).

The shorlines around my part of Newfoundland are pretty nasty (100 foot cliffs, jagged rocks, rolling atlantic swell you get the picture) with rocky beaches few and far between. You are pretty much on your own. Not many recreational boats around, the coast guard can take hours to arrive on scene, and the water is cold enough to kill you in 5 minutes. So at the very least, I will need a kicker engine to keep out of trouble. The more I think about it, the more I think if you need to have two engines the why not have two engines the same size that can both get you on plane.

Most of the small boat fishermen here only seem to use single engines, but then again they dont tend to wear lifejackets either.

I will probably end up going with the Merc 75 for econmy reasons, but a set of 2006 Honda BF50's just came up for sale on the classifieds, which would be my ideal setup. Hmmmm....will investigate further. Price seems to good to be true.

Come on spring! The winter waiting is killing me.

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Old 04 February 2015, 14:51   #13
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A little kicker works too if you want some backup. Got room for that?

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Old 05 February 2015, 10:39   #14
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Do the biggest single you can get. (90hp or higher if the weight allows it) and then get a small kicker like a 2-3hp. I've had many ribs in this size range and I'd really recommend a big single on a boat this size. And the kicker will push the boat along just fine at 5kts or so.

Just to give you an idea, a 3.5hp kicker on a 3000lb 6meter rib pushes it along just fine at 5kts. And you steer with the main motor just fine as well.

Sweet hull! I love the orange with black accessories
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Old 05 February 2015, 10:49   #15
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I just re-read your reasons for twins. Twins are great for redundancy however they are heavier, significantly slower, nearly double the fuel, and double the trouble with maintenance.

For instance I had an sr6 with twin 70s and another sr6 with a single 150 and 3.5 kicker. The difference is absolutely shocking.

Twins were nearly double the fuel and significantly slower. AND the biggest thing was that a single 70 just barely, barely, barely got it to plane (lightly loaded) which is the main reason you want twins, to plane on one motor. If it can't plane, that 70 is no better than a 3.5hp.

The single 150 is quick, nimble, and a much more fun and useable boat. And you still have the ability to get back to safety with the kicker. Just slowly..

But if your main purpose for the boat is to go out in crazy weather (like 10+ft stormy seas) then I'd definitely go for twins. Just be prepared for bad fuel economy
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Old 28 May 2015, 13:58   #16
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Well, the boat is out of winter storage.

Good news, the tubes where still full of air just as I left them 6 months ago! This is great as the coast guard told me they were quite leaky and I would need to top them up every day.

More good news, I had my fibreglass guy have a look at it and he said the decks and transom are solid, no rot. Perfect!

I have decided that for this season I am going to go with the single 75hp merc single that was mounted to the boat before it was sold to me. I can get it for a good price and it comes with all the other rigging that was removed from the boat aswell. I just want to get it on the water an use it as a basis for evaluation, next year I will make the decission to go up to 90 hp single or twin 50.

Before I mount the motor I want to remove all the metal work, strip it down, and repaint it.

I also need to clean up the tubes, they are filthy. What do people clean tubes with on this side of the atlantic? The guys at Coast guard say Spary 9 works pretty well. I really dont want to damage the tubes though as they are in better shape then I thought.

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Old 01 July 2015, 02:02   #17
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Nice boat......I have a hurricane 530 with a yami 70 hp and its a dream !!! Looks very similar in many ways,engine splash well ,bow locker ,jockey seat. Enjoy! Look forward to seeing it change we are apholstering the jockey seat and new tube set next month .......can't see much room for twins on the backside there ......anyway you configure that you are going to enjoy pushing that throttle forward☺️!
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