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Old 08-23-2018, 05:19 AM   #11
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City: Chicago, IL
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Vessel Name: Bay Pelican
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Part of this decision is where you are going to boat. If you are on Lake Michigan your first concern would be docking and then engine failure that prevents you from getting back to shore.

On your boat docking with twins or a thruster is very doable. As far as engine shutdown fuel is the most frequent and that affects twins as well as singles. Many of the remaining issues such as water pump leaks, valve leaks etc. will not prevent you from getting home and in Michigan you can get parts the next day. Belts, filters, impellers, replacement hoses, solenoids, start buttons, engine oil can all be carried on board in less space than a a second engine would take and for a lot less money.

Four items clearly argue against a second engine in your boat, space for maintenance (critical), cost of the second engine, exposure of the twin props vs single if you go to the west side of Lake Michigan or north into Canada, and cost of maintaining the second engine over time.

One thing is clear that supports the purchase of a second engine. A percentage of possible buyers when you sell will not look at a single engine boat.
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