Separate names with a comma.
Discussion in 'North / South Carolina Flyway Forum' started by IrvingForbes, Jun 8, 2017.
twins for an offshore outboard is overrated these days...
Wow. My experience is that twins are not overrated when the single quits.
I've been offshore with a dead single engine a few times. Once 30 miles out in good weather, no problem, just 4 hours of waiting for Sea Tow. Once inshore in moderate weather, shallow enough to anchor, Sea Tow got there in an hour and no injuries other than a very seasick crew. Once in not so good weather resulted in a capsized vessel with 3 of us in the water and I'm very lucky to be here - twins looked like a great idea at that point! I've also been offshore of the big rock with twins when one motor quit - 7 hours home on the starboard at 6 kts beats waiting for a tow at best or risking the vessel/souls at worst. I've cut short a couple more trips for safety reasons when the single motor was not 'right' that would have been salvaged with twins.
I am more conservative in my old age and try to avoid situations where I think I will lose the boat (and me) if the motor quits at the wrong time, but there are still a couple of times a year when I'll be in serious trouble if the single engine quits - although this is now more likely to be duck hunting the coastal sounds than offshore fishing.
Yea I've been there too limping home.
>>Have limped in from offshore on a single motor w/steering problems. Been fortunate during duck season. have helped several; we have cell phones these days.
Offshore trip from Murrells Inlet.
3.8 on a 25'! Beats what I get on my 23' with a 200.
On the drawing board. 39'
In the shop. 27' with 300 hp Suzuki.