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Old 03-07-2019, 04:40 PM
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Default 24' - 26' Center Consoles - 1 or 2 engines?

Can someone help educate me: let's say I have a 25' or 26' CC, wouldn't that be better off with 1 300hp engine rather than 2 150hp engines? I would assume the extra engine adds weight and thus the performance from those 2 engines doesn't equal 300hp? Also, in what cases do you choose 2 engines over 1 (other than obvious performance when you're taking 2 x 250hp or whatever) - I mean, they both get fed by the same electrical system and fuel system, right? So if there is an electrical or fuel issue, both would be affected?
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I go 100 miles offshore so i want twins. When I went 30 miles offshore i had a single. Even then twins would have been nicer but were out of my budget at the time.


You should get a ton of replies, this is a hot button issue here but there is no right or wrong answer.
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Depends on the boat but I think boats in that size range have better balance with a single. Most I have been on in that range feel transom heavy with twins IMHO.

Personally I am not going 100 miles offshore in anything less than 30'
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Originally Posted by RatherBeCruisin View Post
Can someone help educate me: let's say I have a 25' or 26' CC, wouldn't that be better off with 1 300hp engine rather than 2 150hp engines? I would assume the extra engine adds weight and thus the performance from those 2 engines doesn't equal 300hp? Also, in what cases do you choose 2 engines over 1 (other than obvious performance when you're taking 2 x 250hp or whatever) - I mean, they both get fed by the same electrical system and fuel system, right? So if there is an electrical or fuel issue, both would be affected?
There are pros and cons to both single and dual engines. Tell us a little about how and where you would be using the boat. You're basically right on electric and fuel.





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A lot of guys will say twins afford redundancy for offshore security.....I believe there is ....some..... truth in that

some say maneuvering dockside is easier w/ twins....I have twins on another boat....but they are further apart

.....w/ those points taken into consideration, I still chose a single....I’m confident in later model reliability of new engines

....while I wouldn’t think twice about running offshore on nice weather days ....I have a different boat I’d choose for offshore fishing

....single engine maintenance....

.....I’m happy w/ my choice
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My twins have there own dedicated batteries, so no there are not on the same electrical system. Depending the boat, a single would not necessarily out perform twins.

and yes when I am a 100 miles offshore I want twins.
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Just my two cents

Rule of thumb: Boat under 26' go with a single outboard. Over 26' consider two outboards. The main issue is weight on the stern thus effecting the boats center of gravity. An unbalanced boat is like having unblanced tire on a car - it will effect everything...

You will hear a lot of arguments for the "reliability factor" for having two outboards when traveling "way" offshore. Offshore travel can be compared to mountain climbing. Nobody should ever go Mountain climbing with poorly maintained rope(s).

My single 250 etec has not let me down inshore or really far off the Carolina coast. However, I do carry two marine radios and a good compass - well two compasses - one mounted and a small handheld in the ditch bag.

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Originally Posted by tonyc69 View Post
There are pros and cons to both single and dual engines. Tell us a little about how and where you would be using the boat. You're basically right on electric and fuel.
I would be using the boat in SW Florida, between Tampa - Naples. Would love to go offshore once in a while (but not 100 nm) but majority is fishing closer to coast and family cruising, including maybe multi-day trips
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Originally Posted by RatherBeCruisin View Post
I would be using the boat in SW Florida, between Tampa - Naples. Would love to go offshore once in a while (but not 100 nm) but majority is fishing closer to coast and family cruising, including maybe multi-day trips
Single engine will win out in most categories.
Twins would offer you better maneuverability at slow speeds (docking etc) and redundancy if going offshore. Important to note that bad fuel would effect both engines.

That being said, I went with twins.
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Plenty of air craft with single engines...
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We would have been on the hook last year to get back in from 17 miles out when one of my Hondas spun a prop. Raised the bad motor and came in at 18-20 mph..

Every year when I am doing my own maintenance, I look at how little time I spend doing both motors, so for me, twins are the way to go. Mileage averages about 2 mpg, so these are not thirsty motors...

We make some long runs....our middlegrounds trip is 85 miles out, and again...having twins gives some peace of mind.

We have always buddy boated out there....don't think I feel comfortable making that run solo.
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To those guys that go 100 miles out...why? I’m not trying to be a smart ass but what is the reason? I honestly don’t know.
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I take it you're in SE Fla where the Gulf stream and all the hot fishing is how far out..??

Over here, the Gulf is a sand pit.....until you hit the middlegrounds. And then it changes significantly...

We would make the run in my nephews 32 Yellowfin in an hour and a half...it seemed pretty close at 55-60 mph...
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It depends on the boat. On I fishmd’s judge 27, I would absolutely prefer a single engine because of the hull design and intended purpose. On my 26 Southport, I couldn’t imagine not having twins. It’s not just the redundancy of having 2 engines. I think the boat rides better in rough water due to the additional bite of having two props.

for those that go offshore, how many have ever come home on one engine?? I have (spun prop) on a buddy’s boat.
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I take it you're in SE Fla where the Gulf stream and all the hot fishing is how far out..??

Over here, the Gulf is a sand pit.....until you hit the middlegrounds. And then it changes significantly...

We would make the run in my nephews 32 Yellowfin in an hour and a half...it seemed pretty close at 55-60 mph...
he's in Naples / Tampa .... SW side
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Originally Posted by waheero71 View Post
To those guys that go 100 miles out...why? I’m not trying to be a smart ass but what is the reason? I honestly don’t know.
In parts of the Northeast, that is we're the fish are. From CT it is 120 miles to the canyons, last year there just was no inshore bite.
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Today’s engines are much more reliable than 20+ yrs ago. For what you describe, a single is adequate. Carry a spare prop with hardware, fuel filters, etc. For many 25+ foot boats, they are better suited for twins due to design.
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Originally Posted by waheero71 View Post
To those guys that go 100 miles out...why? I’m not trying to be a smart ass but what is the reason? I honestly don’t know.
Cuz dats where da fish are On the much of the GOM getting into tuna or swords means running 100+

if you're plans include frequent long trips and heavily loaded then twins all day long, the boat will run so much better with 2 props in the water and doubly so when it's snotty. For more casual use in close with occasional longer forays get a single and be happy



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Originally Posted by Gmart View Post
Plenty of air craft with single engines...
and it has dual everything.
The maintenance of aircraft is highly regulated, Not every idiot can mess with things on the plane.
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Single engine, SeaTow and satellite phone.

The money saved on the 2nd engine, fuel and maintenance will fund more trips, gear and the next engine replacement.

If safety is your biggest concern have separate, isolated fuel tanks and batteries. Make sure the tank vent lines run higher than the vent.

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