Originally Posted by Wxx3
Yep. This says it best for me. I'll only add that I knew before hand the kind of risks I'm willing to take. So that meant I absolutely needed to have the protection a full keel gives the running gear.
I'm sure it's been mentioned , but the number one reason an engine stops is a fuel issue. No amount of engines, wing engines , generators or whatever will cure that.
1966 my family had 38' sport fisher whose single engine quit due to fuel blockage. CG towed us into Block Island.
2010 I had twins in a 1973 31' Uniflite that both quit in narrow canal due to fuel trouble in the one tank that fed both engines. Son and I had been out all day. Luckily... that problem didn't happen until we were less than 1/2 mile from my slip as we returned; buddy passing by side towed me in! Whew!!
Our Tolly has twins and two tanks. Each engine runs of its own tank. One might quit due to fuel trouble. Doubtful that both would have same fuel problem simultaneously.
Twins, each with their own independent tanks... will... "usually" mean the boat will not be stopped dead in the water due to a fuel issue. Of course, there is an exception to every rule!