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Old 09-04-2014, 10:52 PM   #175
Ski in NC
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City: Wilmington, NC
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Louisa
Vessel Model: Custom Built 38
Join Date: Jan 2014
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Outboards are great for high speed skiffs and boats traveling generally local. On a long trip, if impeller goes bad, not easy to fix offshore. Any problem under the hood in rough seas? No easy fix, and might not be safe to even lift the hood. Gasoline fire risk. Whole motor dunks with a big sea behind. Weak reverse thrust. And then the poor BSFC, especially at lower power settings. There's a few reasons outboard are not popular on long distance cruising boats.

I'll stick with an inboard diesel for now.
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