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Single vs twins
Posted by Paul H on Jan 24 2006
I was reading through Alaska Gray's posts and the responses and thought the single/twin issue might be worth discussing on its own merrits.

Here's my thinking, if you loose on of your twins, you may have enough power to keep your hull on plane, I say may because if you don't have enough hp for your weight, your remaining engine will be nothing more than a heavy expensive kicker.  To get the benefit of a twin installation, you will need indepent fuel and electrical systems, and ideally should fuel up each tank at different sources so that spoiled fuel won't take out both engines.  The downside of twins is increased purchase price, increased fuel consumption, increased weight and increased maintanence costs.

My personal feeling is, if I'm in conditions where the loss of my main and having to rely on a kicker isn't enough power to get me out of trouble, then I have absolutely no reason to be out in such conditions anyhow.  Modern 4-s singles are about as reliable as you can get, and I'll take the lighter weight, lower purchase price, lower maintenance costs and reduced fuel consumption.

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