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Old 04-13-2010, 06:03 PM
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I run on one in gear, one in neutral just to kill the wake. If I put both in gear it will carry a wake at idle.
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I always try to idle on one engine, smaller wake, save fuel, quieter, ect.
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It really depends on where I'm idling whether or not I shut one down...when it's really hot out i usually run on one and then switch to the other when coming back through the other direction...
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I always shut all but one down.
Around Ft. Myers we have a number of slow zones.
One of the boats I sold had 50 hrs on it. When I pulled up the log on the Smartcraft, 27 hrs were between 500 and 1500 RPM.
Beside cutting down the hours there have been studies that show you do burn less fuel by running on one engine.
If you look at all of that it seems like there's no good reason to run more than one.
Of course if you have power steering on just one motor it gets a little trickier.
WOW!!! I'll feel better the next time I blow something up!! I'm saving fuel when I coming in on one motor!!
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Old 04-13-2010, 09:41 PM
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WOW!!! I'll feel better the next time I blow something up!! I'm saving fuel when I coming in on one motor!!


Been there, done that! However I have found that the gas would have been far cheaper than the fix. Odd how running on 16 can end up being cheaper than running on 8 while dragging the other 8!
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Old 04-14-2010, 08:11 PM
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what happens if you try this and you only have one motor????
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Old 04-16-2010, 08:12 AM
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Some good points made here. If youre going to try it, I would think that keeping the run time equal on both blocks is important (longrun).
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Old 04-16-2010, 10:18 AM
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It really depends on where I'm idling whether or not I shut one down...when it's really hot out i usually run on one and then switch to the other when coming back through the other direction...
Me too. I don't like for mine to idle in gear at less than 1000-1100 RPM's. So I always keep one at idle so they are both at 1000+. I tend to shut one off after midnight. Its always fun to see other boaters admirring the sound only to be suprised by another popping off.
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I don't care about saving fuel. If I wanted to do that I wouldn't have bought a boat I would have bought a Prius.
Like many others, my boat will make wake at idle on 2 screws. I kick one in neutral & ease on down the way.
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Like many others, my boat will make wake at idle on 2 screws.
what causes it to create wake at idle? the size of the prop, drive height, etc? i cant see our rpm's being too far off, but i know your drive is shorter than mine, & your props are definately bigger.
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