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Old 01-26-2019, 12:00 PM   #201
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I have run a lot of singles. Some had more rudder response than others, but never did I think that the boat needed modification. Just varying amounts of technique needed.
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Old 01-27-2019, 03:09 AM   #202
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Twins or singles -- have had both over the last 50 years and I am sold on singles -- less maintenance, more room to work, more storage room and in the PNW the prop is not on the outboard chines sucking in garbage. In terms of maneuvering my Mainship 34 has bow and stern thrusters and can turn in its own length
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.
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Old 01-27-2019, 03:12 AM   #203
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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.
Agreed, and that's why I'd far prefer a single engine. Two is just double the servicing and often less room to move around the engines.
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Old 01-27-2019, 09:47 PM   #204
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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!
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Old 01-28-2019, 08:21 AM   #205
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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!

We have twins with separate tanks...

But then we tend to take on fuel in both tanks at the same time... so a load of bad fuel would likely affect both tanks, both engines...

<sigh>...

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Old 01-28-2019, 08:37 AM   #206
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We have twins with separate tanks...

But then we tend to take on fuel in both tanks at the same time... so a load of bad fuel would likely affect both tanks, both engines...

<sigh>...

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As I mentioned in bottom of my post #204... "Of course, there is an exception to every rule! "

Also - I'm sure it happens, but I've not heard of fuel so bad from a fuel dock where an engine actually would not run [or, at least somewhat run - lol] on it. Have heard of dirty fuel where fuel filter needed constant cleaning.

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