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Old 12-14-2020, 07:55 AM   #41
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Why? Is that really a seriously considered question? Perhaps not every boater has deep pockets. I don't consider changing oil fun but paying a marina top dollar, $100/hour or more, to change oil, an unskilled task, is not in my budget. No way some of us could afford to enjoy boat ownership otherwise. Good on you that you can afford to give your money away.
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Or consider paying a mechanic to do it for you. I don't know why so many boaters insist on doing every single thing themselves rather than supporting the marina that they claim to love. There's nothing wrong with sharing a little $$$ with others to do the jobs that are not fun.
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Old 12-14-2020, 07:58 AM   #42
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Not sure how an oil change system helps replacing oil filters.
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Old 12-14-2020, 08:32 AM   #43
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Not sure how an oil change system helps replacing oil filters.
Oops, sorry about that. Wrong answer to your question.
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Old 12-17-2020, 06:49 AM   #44
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I have the 400T and love the single 6lya-stp. Plenty of room in er and fuel and maintenance is cheaper. But we barely go 8 knots. We tow our 13 foot whaler with a 25 yamaha and sill get 3 to 4 gph ay 1800 rpms.
One vote for single.
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Old 12-21-2020, 01:56 PM   #45
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Twins in a Mainship 34 Pilot

Back to the original posters question.

Both versions of the Pilot 34 (single engine and twin) are great boats. They perform roughly the same, and they even burn about the same amount of fuel at cruising speed.

In regards to the space question . . I have a Pilot 34 with twins, there is ACRES of room to access everything. I do my own maintenance. and I'm 6'4", 235 #'s

I fit just fine (in the engine room, lazarette is a different story)

So don't reject twins on the basis of engine room access (in this model boat)
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Old 12-21-2020, 02:45 PM   #46
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Back to the original posters question.

Both versions of the Pilot 34 (single engine and twin) are great boats. They perform roughly the same, and they even burn about the same amount of fuel at cruising speed.

In regards to the space question . . I have a Pilot 34 with twins, there is ACRES of room to access everything. I do my own maintenance. and I'm 6'4", 235 #'s

I fit just fine (in the engine room, lazarette is a different story)

So don't reject twins on the basis of engine room access (in this model boat)
And make the decision based on your own preferences not those of others. And here I issue a special warning about deciding based on the recommendations of "Mechanics." They have their reasons and their prejudices but are seldom thinking of your boating styles and your boating enjoyment. In fact, most do very little if any boating. They also may or may not have a lot of experience with a particular boat and they often have prejudices based on what they heard. Far better information here from a bunch of boaters and wide variety of opinions which is exactly what you should get.

I've also heard mechanics, and boaters for that matter, base opinions on information that may not be relevant at all to your decision like older models of engines when you're looking new or newer models when you're looking older.

When someone gives you an opinion, I'd always follow up with "Why do you feel that way" and try to dig for specifics.
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Not sure how an oil change system helps replacing oil filters.
Although that wouldn't, the oil filters on many engines can be relocated if needed.
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Old 12-21-2020, 04:25 PM   #48
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Although that wouldn't, the oil filters on many engines can be relocated if needed.
Ah, another advantage of the AT single engine. EVERYTHING is very easy to get to.
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Old 12-22-2020, 05:43 PM   #49
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I had a 2004 Pilot 34 with twins. I worked at a Mainship dealership, so drove many singles.

Best choice in my opinion was the twins:

1. Props were pocketed, so draft was around 2' 8" (important on the east coast)

2. Not as much vibration and much quieter.

3. More control, no bow thruster is needed.


BTW, the engines are 4 cylinder and smaller. I had no problem with engine access for maintenance.

Enjoy!
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Old 12-22-2020, 06:50 PM   #50
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Im seriously looking to buy a 2005 Mainship 34T , i was told by my mechanic to stick with the 6LYA YANMAR, and not go with the twin 240 ? Can our fine member please guide me as to which is the better choice and why?
I have been on both boats with a single and twin. Beyond the handily differences. There isn't room to work on the twins as they almost touch each other.
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Old 01-01-2021, 10:15 PM   #51
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Just completed first season with 2006 MS34T, came with a bow thruster, had stern thruster installed. Yes, not a fast boat, purchased accepting that. Pros as mentioned- less maintenance costs, room, economic to operate. With 2 thrusters can walk boat sideways, unless winds over 20 mph or strong currents. Have towing coverage and inland waterways, so lower risk, and only 500 hours on her. Botom line, happy with the single.
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