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TWIN 25 hp's! On a Twin Vee 17

Old 02-16-2021, 07:53 PM
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​​​Saw this posted for sale in Fort Lauderdale...but boat is actually in Bahamas. Just had to post pics here to see reactions to the twin 25's.

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Probably scoots along just fine....those were never speed demons but were really stable and roomy, went skinny too....
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What would they normally be powered with? I realize it's a cat but most 17' would be powered with a single 50-60HP. But twin 25 wouldn't be the same as a single 50. I guess that it would be underpowered but would probably still be fine as long as you were running light. No speed demon but acceptable to a lot of people. It would be a different story when you loaded the boat down with people and gear.
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Originally Posted by buzzk View Post
What would they normally be powered with? I realize it's a cat but most 17' would be powered with a single 50-60HP. But twin 25 wouldn't be the same as a single 50. I guess that it would be underpowered but would probably still be fine as long as you were running light. No speed demon but acceptable to a lot of people. It would be a different story when you loaded the boat down with people and gear.
​​​So twin 25's would have less holeshot power than a single 50hp?
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Had a 18 Nautico Cat in High school. Was powered with a 70 Zuke.

Thing did like 25 knts WOT. I'd say that TV is a dog. Pretty sweet though.
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Kind of funny but might not be the worst idea for more remote locations.

Growing up my friend’s dad had a 1970s (I think) vintage 21’ Whaler with twin 75 Johnson’s on the back. It was considered an offshore boat back in the day and made many trips out to the canyons. this setup reminds me of that boat.
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Originally Posted by Yacht Huckleberry View Post
Kind of funny but might not be the worst idea for more remote locations.
Yeah my assumption was they put on twins because tow service isn't as readily available in bahamas. Plus you especially don't wanna be offshore in a boat that small with no power. The only other reasoning would be to cure ventilation issues, but a 4 blade prop would do that.
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I think the vines would slow the speed down too much for me!

That would be nice to have twins with seperate fuel tanks in the Bahamas tho.
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This makes perfect sense to me: cats are just better with twins. More reliable (especially when in the ocean instead of protected waters you might normally see that boat around us) having 2 engines. You can spin on a needle. Little engines like that are very easy maintenance. Its going to weigh more so its not going to be as good as a single 50 in that regard, but worth it to me. Those little nissans are unbreakable too. Probably cruises around 24 mph? That wasn't bad in 2000.
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Originally Posted by DCarwile View Post
This makes perfect sense to me: cats are just better with twins. More reliable (especially when in the ocean instead of protected waters you might normally see that boat around us) having 2 engines. You can spin on a needle. Little engines like that are very easy maintenance. Its going to weigh more so its not going to be as good as a single 50 in that regard, but worth it to me. Those little nissans are unbreakable too. Probably cruises around 24 mph? That wasn't bad in 2000.
Yeah I actually own a TV 14 with a 50hp (the 17 is just a 14 stretched 2'4"). I need to repower mine. I go far offshore, and after i saw this, I looked into the weights of twins, but can't see anyway it'd make sense. These boats are already sensitive to weight (especially on transom) due to scuppers. So more weight / more $ / more complicated setup, for less hp. Then there's the added wildcard risk of buying two outboards for an untested setup and it not functioning well. The one aspect I will disagree with you about is maneuverability. If somebody cant dock a 17 cc skiff with a single then boats aren't for them...it wouldn't even be worth fumbling with dual controls for a boat of this size.
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My 17' bay boats had single 90-115's so I don't think that 50 hp will push a heavier cat very well. But I could be wrong
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Compared to most "local" boats I've seen in the Bahamas, this is pretty nice. You can be in 800' of water less than 1nm offshore, and you don't need a huge fancy boat to get big fish. Launching and retrieving this from the local ramps would also be pretty easy.
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Best twin set up I’ve seen was twin 3.5hp on a 14ft boat.
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Non counter rotating props......
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Non counter rotating props......
Doesn't need them. I run a 26' Twin Vee with twin 150s, both standard rotation and boat runs fine. Key with catamarans is to the trim the high sponson motor up. Will level right off.
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That boat needs quads.
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Not to derail, but I've seen an older boat with TRIPLE Johnson 70's (20-ish foot long) in Boot Key Harbor by Marathon, FL. That one left me scratching my head.
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Originally Posted by SeaCat22 View Post
That boat needs quads.
That is SOOOOO true of today's logic!!!!
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Originally Posted by SeaCat22 View Post
That boat needs quads.
Quad 15's....

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