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mattr posted 07-10-2000 08:55 AM ET (US)   Profile for mattr   Send Email to mattr  
What are the pros and cons of twin outboards for a montauk? I was thinking of 40's...

There are probably several issues with this proposal, but I though I would get all y'all's advice on this. Issues like:

Weight - close to what a four stroke 90hp would be...

Service - twice as much to maintain...

Performance - would you really get 80hp of performance? or is it a little diminished...

Also - can you even get counter rotating setups in smaller hp's?

I am asking this because I saw a used montauk advertised with twins on it. If a lot of ocean use is planned, piece of mind of a backup in case of failure is nice. Also, maybe trolling with a 40 would be more tame than a 90 chugging...

Anyway, just thought I would toss it out there and see what the advice is - thanks in advance!!


lhg posted 07-13-2000 07:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Back in the early eighties, there used to be twin engine Montauk around the Chicago lakefront, used for salmon fishing. It had twin Merc 40's on it, and looked good from a distance. But up close it was jammed with the rigging, batteries, etc that twin engines require. This is not an installation I would recommend at all, as the boat & transom area simply was not designed for it. You'd be much better off with a single engine setup & a small trolling motor for fishing & offshore safety.

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