Originally Posted by Jimbob
There are two cabin ribs, one with 240hp diesel (60hrs) and the other with two Suzuki 140 hp (200hs), both have full service records, which one would you choose?
the diesel would appeal more to me, and potential savings in fuel and service costs would pay for Seastart if you were worried - its not like you are planning to go to the Faroes - a breakdown in a cabin rib on the south coast is much more likely to be frustrating, embarrassing and inconvenient rather than life threatening.
Twin OB's have definite advantages - but unless you also have a spare 3rd outboard to swap over for any defective engine you risk going to sea less often because its twice as likely that one of them is sick. 200hrs isn't huge but it is a good bit more than the diesel... both are out of the "new niggles" phase - so which is likely to have a problem sooner?
Dockside diesel is more readily available, costs less, can be used for heating. With two legs in the water (assuming the boats are the same) then the petrol will probably also be no quicker even though it has more horses on the label.