> I have a 19 ft boat on wich I was planning to put a 70 HP 4-stroke
> outboard motor.
> What if I used 2 x 35 HP outboards?
> What would be the advantages and the disadvantages?
> I plan to use it for fishing at sea, so reliability and economy are
> subjects wich concern me more than speed.
I've run "twins" since 1983. I started as a land-lubber and wanted
redunduancy for safety, to hopefully compensate for my lack of
experience. I boat in remote waters of Alaska, where you may not see
anyone to help, for days. The water is cold and survival time "in the
drink" is measured in tens of minutes. I started with twins for safety,
and have stayed with them ever since. They cost more. They take more
gas, for sure. They weigh more than a single. I don't believe my old
2x25Hp are as fast as any 1x50Hp. I feel the same about my current
2x50Hp's, a 1x100Hp should be much faster (I think)...But, due to the
remote areas I boat, having family on every trip, I want twin motors for
my own personal comfort. I selected and built my current boat with twin
o/b's in mind. I am very happy with twin motors. But, it is a personal
selection, for me it was a safety issue. Is a 19 ft boat too short for
twins? I had twins on my 16foot inflatible and now have twins on my
Funny thing...the only time in 15 years that I had an O/B breakdown in
remote waters, I paniced, failed to put the second motor in nuetral to
start, and bunged-up #2. I was luckily able to limp home on one hurtin'
engine. But, I still prefer twins motors...But, again, it depends on
where ya boat, personal comfort, confidence etc....
Good Luck...have Fun
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