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Old 09 February 2018, 09:36   #11
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On a Boat for that size Engine..Not only a lot faster..but more Nimble..Responsive ...and Better Handleing
Not to mention 1/2 the price to power..with big savings on Rigging..Fuel..and Servicing!
Some people do need twins..but not many.
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Old 11 February 2018, 02:32   #12
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Your mate wouldn't have got home at all with a single!! Lucky he had the redundancy of a second engine...........
I've run both singles and twins and would always choose twins over a single lump

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No here we log on with marine rescue stating where we fish and plan to return home. He would of gotten home even if his radio and epirb failed as the rescue boat would of towed him home, or on of us ther boaties out there.

Most of the local charter boatsrun on single inboards, they also get a towif they break down.
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No here we log on with marine rescue stating where we fish and plan to return home. He would of gotten home even if his radio and epirb failed as the rescue boat would of towed him home, or on of us ther boaties out there.

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Twins is not really a requirement in the United States, due to our wonderful Towboat / Seatow coverage.

I知 amazed at these attitudes. Yes even in the UK you値l likely get a tow to safety as well (although in some parts that could take a long time, and with no power and steerage it is at least an unpleasant wait and potentially dangerous).

A little bit of independence and self reliance is just good seaman ship. I知 not saying everyone should have twins, or even everyone should carry an aux (although if you are fitting 300hp you clearly have a big enough boat and budget to make it a serious consideration), but this reliance on someone else to bail you out as the first step to solving an engine problem is odd to me.
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Old 11 February 2018, 03:16   #14
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I知 amazed at these attitudes. Yes even in the UK you値l likely get a tow to safety as well (although in some parts that could take a long time, and with no power and steerage it is at least an unpleasant wait and potentially dangerous).

A little bit of independence and self reliance is just good seaman ship. I知 not saying everyone should have twins, or even everyone should carry an aux (although if you are fitting 300hp you clearly have a big enough boat and budget to make it a serious consideration), but this reliance on someone else to bail you out as the first step to solving an engine problem is odd to me.


Absolutely. Calling the cavalry is the last resort IMO & I'd count it as a personal failure.
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Old 11 February 2018, 09:34   #15
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Absolutely. Calling the cavalry is the last resort IMO & I'd count it as a personal failure.
Yep totally agree with this philosophy.
We blew a head gasket in the hard boat on a holiday in loch Crerran. limped back to largs on 1 engine at 7kts stopping off on the way, ok it was a different kind of boating but still stoped at some nice places and enjoyed the holiday rather than arranging a lift out and doing a repair miles from home.
The other thing is if your relying on a tow you don't know how competent the tow boat is and you risk damage if they get it wrong.
The RNLI almost wrote my daughter's racing dinghy off because of their rough handling cos someone on the shore thought they were in trouble.

There's a lot to be said for self sufficiency in an emergency
We carry an aux in our delta but my biggest worry is a breakdown miles from home and a)will the aux outboard get us home b)do we have enough fuel for it to get us home
It's also a pita to store
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Agree completely.

Having run with a single 75hp merc 4 stroke for two summers in an area with no towboat service and minimal passers bye, I am going back to twins. Just bought twin 50hp hondas!

Boat will easily plane on one engine (hurricane 530) and the two BF50 are the same weight as the single merc (also save the weight of an aux motor!).

Redundancy, better holeshot, less draft, better stress distribution on transom.

don't see the downside aside from being 50% more expensive lol. hard to put a price on peace of mind though.

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Most of the local charter boatsrun on single inboards, they also get a towif they break down.
I'd have to say (from what I've seen) the opposite is the case here.

Most charter ribs I see on the west coast of Scotland are twin engined and most leisure ribs getting used offshore at least have an aux....so technically, twin engined.
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............... I'm constantly working trim and trying to keep rpm equal. ........
Mercury "Smartcraft sync".......takes care of that for you.
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I’m amazed at these attitudes. Yes even in the UK you’ll likely get a tow to safety as well (although in some parts that could take a long time, and with no power and steerage it is at least an unpleasant wait and potentially dangerous).

A little bit of independence and self reliance is just good seaman ship. I’m not saying everyone should have twins, or even everyone should carry an aux (although if you are fitting 300hp you clearly have a big enough boat and budget to make it a serious consideration), but this reliance on someone else to bail you out as the first step to solving an engine problem is odd to me.
There's very few rocky shores around here, most you'll beach on sand if you get pushed in. Minimal risk to safety.

Obviously, this changes a bit with each state.

South Carolina, I'll get stuck in the mud or an oyster bed before I hit rocks...

Seatow / Boat US tow coverage is only about $149 USD per year for the insurance, and they'll tow you up to 25 nautical miles offshore. All towing covered as part of the insurance. You usually get roadside trailer assistance too at no additional charge.
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There's very few rocky shores around here, most you'll beach on sand if you get pushed in. Minimal risk to safety.

Obviously, this changes a bit with each state.

South Carolina, I'll get stuck in the mud or an oyster bed before I hit rocks...

Seatow / Boat US tow coverage is only about $149 USD per year for the insurance, and they'll tow you up to 25 nautical miles offshore. All towing covered as part of the insurance. You usually get roadside trailer assistance too at no additional charge.


I think you're missing the point, irregardless of the cost of a tow, it's a point of pride not to need it. Relying on someone else to get you out of the sh1t isn't the correct mindset for safe use of the sea......imo naturally.
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