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Old 09-24-2012, 09:04 PM   #41
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I've logged 20,000hrs running single engine boats ... never saw a need for a second engine.
I have no bias against single engine boats--- the GB we chartered before buying our own was a single and it was no problem to maneuver. I just like running engines. It's fun to be able to spin it around and walk it this way and that and basically put it anywhere you want by manipulating the shifters and throttles and rudders.

One can accomplish anything with a single that can be accomplished with a twin. The techniques are different in some cases but the end result will be the same. But I like operating machines of any kind so I simply find it a lot more fun to operate multiple engines instead of just one. After having a twin engine boat for the past 14 years I would not want a single anymore. Not as fun to operate. I'd have three engines if we could fit them in.

As to the redundancy thing, we've been glad to have the second engine four times since we bought the boat. Once (on the delivery trip) for a failing coolant pump seal, twice for raw water intake clogs, and once because I screwed up during a fuel transfer and let one engine get a big slug of air. In all four cases it was dirt simple to tie off the non-powered shaft and complete the journey on one. No fuss, no waiting around, no radio calls, no hoping the current didn't carry us onto a rock or reef before the towboat arrived. Just went on our merry albeit slightly slower way.

But mainly I like having multiple engines and transmissions to operate. From an operational standpoint I would find a single engine boat considerably less interesting and enjoyable.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:36 PM   #42
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But mainly I like having multiple engines and transmissions to operate. From an operational standpoint I would find a single engine boat considerably less interesting and enjoyable.
OK! In contrast, I'm of the keep it simpler, keep cost down, single-engine, single helm-position mindset.
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:08 PM   #43
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Guys... Let's please not continue this old debate. What else could you guys POSSIBLY say to each other on the subject. It appears the OP hasn't been back since posting.

Pretty please?!?!?

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Old 09-24-2012, 10:16 PM   #44
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Thought we were continuing a pleasant conversation the OP started. The OP has plenty of opportunity to turn the discussion back toward his immediate issue if that's his wish.
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Thought we were continuing a pleasant conversation the OP started.
That all say that at first, then it all goes horribly wrong.
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:57 PM   #46
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I prefer a twin screw over a single but not over a single with a get-home and a bow thruster. I like the less vibration and noise that a single offers. So my preferred boat will have the redundancy and maneuverability of a twin screw in a single. It will not limp home as fast or as well as a twin screw, but i'm hoping to never be in that situation. Just like hoping never to use my epirb.

With all that said, if I were in the market for a used Krogen 58 or similar, I will buy the one that is the best value regardless if it's a single with a wing engine and thruster or a twin screw.
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4year old or so year old Nordy mid 40 ft at my dock is for sale.
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