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Single vs Twins
Posted by Fish Witch on Jan 24 2006
I've had both.  Personally, I prefer a single diesel for reliability, fuel efficiency and safety.  As for the get home power needed, a 15 hp kicker pushed my 38 twin diesel at hull speed, 6-7 kts.  You won't get it up on step with typical twin setup so forget the benefit of going faster with the second.  An added benefit I find with a single is I can tell better how it's behaving.  If one of your twins gets sick, it's hard to diagnose as the sound is masked by the other engine and it's impossible to put it under identical load conditions as a single.  A single is easy to monitor and diagnose as any different sound comes through.  As they say, a twin gives you twice the opportunity to stay in the harbor.

OK, now for the twin lovers....

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