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Old 01-28-2020, 07:14 PM   #1
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The Great Debate

I've been away from the forum for some time, and wonder if the debate between between single and twins has been decided once-and-for-all yet, and if so, what is the decision? I am still a bit on the fence, but leaning more towards a single than before.
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Old 01-28-2020, 07:18 PM   #2
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Nope, and still no "right" anchor, no right way to lay out an anchor.


...and the beat goes on!
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Nope, and still no "right" anchor, no right way to lay out an anchor.


...and the beat goes on!
For a Single, I like the screw protected by the keel, less maintenance, more room to move around the engine, better fuel economy. OTOH, the redundancy of twins is appealing. Oh my aching head.

I am not sure how much service one can get from a get-home engine before it beaks down. 500nm, 1,000?
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Why should there be a decision? What do you prefer? Answer this question and you will have your decision.

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If we own a single, we say single. Twins...twins. The circle is complete.
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I've been away from the forum for some time, and wonder if the debate between between single and twins has been decided once-and-for-all yet, and if so, what is the decision? ....
Nothing has changed, it still get`s "decided",every month.
And I still prefer twins.
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I had to repower, if I would have had to repower a twin, the boat would be history now. The price even for my gasser all in was around $65,000 with leg replaced, multiple installs due to fitting problems, custom brackets made, custom exhaust made, and a host of other stuff.

You don't even want to think about repowering twins.
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The "once and for all" decision is that there are pros and cons of each, and each one of us has to make our own decision based on our own priorities and criteria.


Just like anchors. Just like guns onboard. Just like pretty much everything else in life.
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I've been away from the forum for some time, and wonder if the debate between between single and twins has been decided once-and-for-all yet, and if so, what is the decision? I am still a bit on the fence, but leaning more towards a single than before.
All the cool kids are getting triples these days.
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Hereís an observation I have made during MY 30 ish years of boating at my marina.
The guys with twin engine seem to be more lackadaisical on maintenance. They seem more apt to wait for one to fail before they replace things such as impellers tune ups etc. Hence they need twins.
I talking mostly gas engines.
The ones with single have a greater tendency to be pro active on maintenance changing things before they fail cause they canít afford to break down out there. Hence the one engine is reliable.

My observations only. Iím sure thereís other observations and opinions.

Iím taking cover now
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Old 01-29-2020, 09:26 AM   #12
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Yes it was decided recently. A major vote of every boater in the country. All aspects of the choice were fully discussed and debated. Facts and figures were fed into a computer and analyzed. Thousands of images and incidents were considered.

The vote was overwhelmingly almost unanimous.

If I remember correctly:
Single Engine is the choice of discriminating boaters worldwide.

(But then my memory isn't very good or reliable)

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Obviously a computer hacked by the Russians.
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After a lengthy non-partisan debate, it was concluded by a majority that engines are useful in a power boats. A few rag boat owners tried to skew the results but sophisticated forum members caught onto their ruse immediately.
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You can't have too many engines.
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Nordhavn owners believe in twins. Krogen 42 owners believe in singles. OA owners believe in twins. Then as pictured, multiple outboards. And then size really does matter. etc etc.
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In South Florida it is not unknown to see center console fishing boats with 4 or 5 350’s. Most of the ones with 400’s have 4, since there is a point of diminishing returns over 3. I sure would like to go for a ride on a 2000hp 35’ er, on a flat day.
Our scout boat on Lake Powell had 550hp on 24’ and it was a thrill ride!
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I've been away from the forum for some time, and wonder if the debate between between single and twins has been decided once-and-for-all yet, and if so, what is the decision? I am still a bit on the fence, but leaning more towards a single than before.
It will NEVER be decided. As said now and before there are good and bad points.
I've had both and each was the best for me at the time.
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Why should there be a decision? What do you prefer? Answer this question and you will have your decision.
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Hereís an observation I have made during MY 30 ish years of boating at my marina.
The guys with twin engine seem to be more lackadaisical on maintenance. They seem more apt to wait for one to fail before they replace things such as impellers tune ups etc. Hence they need twins.
I talking mostly gas engines.
The ones with single have a greater tendency to be pro active on maintenance changing things before they fail cause they canít afford to break down out there. Hence the one engine is reliable.

My observations only. Iím sure thereís other observations and opinions.

Iím taking cover now

I agree 100%
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