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Old 04-01-2013, 12:20 PM   #861
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Maybe not, Eric, but it needs to be shot; and put our of its misery. #860
Quick - Shoot the horse! - - >
Before all guns/ammo get confiscated!!
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:31 PM   #862
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Why should/do most private planes be equipped with only one engine?
Because one is cheaper, lighter, less complex and simpler to operate and so is easier for beginners to master.
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:59 PM   #863
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Mark-to add to Eric's comments re ship having a single screw-many now are diesel electric, not direct drive. Main reason is that torque curve on an electric engine is almost perfectly flat, better low speed operation. Multiple diesels driving generators to power the electric drive motor.
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:39 PM   #864
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Because one is cheaper, lighter, less complex and simpler to operate and so is easier for beginners to master.
That sounds like a pretty good argument for buying a trawler!
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:05 PM   #865
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I Luv Twins

No matter what type fuel!!
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:47 PM   #866
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Neah, this was well before any freezes.

He left on a weekend trip, noticed she seemed to be running warm (not hot), and pulled into a local marina (under power) and had a mechanic change the impeller. Went on his way and still seemed warm... didn't wanna ruin the weekend.

Once arrived noticed it was low on coolant again, topped it off and decided to take it slow and easy getting home. After a 40 mile run and within a few miles of home, temps began to climb even when lowering RPMS. For the sake of safety, pushed on and got back to his slip under power.

All that being said, he could have shut down and gotten a tow, but he did not. On a twin, he would have least had an option to secure the motor and get home under power. Only using the second motor to navigate the lanes, or come in as a single.

I'm a pilot. Airspeed, Altitude, Ideas.

Never run out of options.
I have friends who are pilots. They tell me the three most useless things to a pilot are:
1) All the air above you
2) All the runway behind you
3) All the fuel back at the hanger

Never heard of all the other engines.

Is there a nautical equivalent?
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:28 PM   #867
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Walt,
Why is SanDiego purple?

alormaria,
All your engines that have quit.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:53 PM   #868
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That sounds like a pretty good argument for buying a trawler!

Or at least one with only one engine.
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:11 PM   #869
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Walt,
Why is SanDiego purple?
We think it has something to do with the San Onofre Nuclear plant which lies just 45 miles to the north of San Diego. There have also been reports of young girls growing breasts on their backs. Although they are not very popular, the boys say they're awfully fun to dance with.
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:25 PM   #870
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A little off the subject but is there a diesel repair and maint. class that can be taken. I am on the 5 year plan and want to be able to work on the engine if need be for general maint. upgrading or adding systems, trouble shooting issues and minor repairs if needed. I live in the Stuart, St. Lucie Fl. area Thanks
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:36 PM   #871
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Try the Powerquadrons in your area, Local trade schools that teach budding mechanics, engine dealers and distributors. Yanmar I belive has several distributors that offer classes.
Also look into American Diesel. They offer classes. They may offer something in your area at some point.

And last but not least ask around some of the local repair shops and marinas,

If they don't teach classes often they will know of sources.

Google diesel engine courses for boat owners and Mack Boring comes up;
http://www.mackboring.com/training/b..._training.aspx

Lots of others
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I think this may be a male thing. If it wasn't God would have created woman with a single instead of twins............
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