Moving this engine thread over to where it belongs.* Now here is what I consider to be a boat engine.* If you're going to build a power boat you need power, right?* Otherwise what's the point?**
This is my all-time favorite marine engine.* Two or three of these things will do the trick nicely in a recreational*trawler-sized boat.* Relatively compact size for the power,*1200 to 1500 horsepower each.* Most amazing sound on the planet (I've ridden in a boat with three of them).* When you push the throttle up on one of these, something HAPPENS.
Even just one of these in your boat is guaranteed to eliminate all problems with wake-throwing Bayliners, Sea Rays, etc.* Just the ticket for getting through all those boring straight stretches of the ICW.* And in the PNW, currents?* What currents?
So you need to stop messing around with trying to figure out how to put engines into boats*that are even less powerful than the ones that are in there now.* You need to start looking at this power business from the right perspective.* The object is to put more power in, not take power out.
The guys who build hot rods don't sit around trying to figure out how to put a Ford Pinto engine into their cars, they try to figure out how to fit a 427 into it.* You don't want to emulate the Yugo with your marine re-powering schemes, you want to emulate the AC Cobra.
When you come up with a repowering scheme that enhances performance, not eliminates it, let me know.
-- Edited by Marin on Thursday 11th of June 2009 08:12:43 PM