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Old 08-06-2010, 02:29 PM
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hey all i have a 27ft fletcher v hull with fixed surface drive and single yanmar diesel 440 running about 60mph i was thinking of upgrading to twin 440s on fixed surfacedrives
would the xtra weight kill the boat
or is twin fixed drives adviseable
i would like to hear your what you guys think and what kind of speeds i would get
should i or should i not
o the current all in weight is 5000lbs
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Old 08-06-2010, 02:47 PM
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hey all i have a 27ft fletcher v hull with fixed surface drive and single yanmar diesel 440 running about 60mph i was thinking of upgrading to twin 440s on fixed surfacedrives
would the xtra weight kill the boat
or is twin fixed drives adviseable
i would like to hear your what you guys think and what kind of speeds i would get
should i or should i not
o the current all in weight is 5000lbs
cheers gerard


How much does that Yanmar 440 weigh? We had a 26' with twin 350's and it didn't mind the weight on the transom at all. The boat ran great, but I'm guessing that the diesels weigh a bit more than a SBC.
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I would imagine the cost of converting would be prohibitive.
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Why not just put a 700HP 540 in it and enjoy?
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Why not just put a 700HP 540 in it and enjoy?
With one surface drive?
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With one surface drive?
Why not, it's a rudder boat, should handle pretty well around the docks.
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Old 08-07-2010, 01:45 AM
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Yes, but probably not at 80+ mph.
700 hp by cca 5.500 lb will be probably 85 mph or more.
I am hear, that two classic surface drives are the best of the best, but one it is "murder" for fast boats.

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thanks for your replys guys
i had thought of one big v8 but at todays gas prices over here is $10 a gallon
the fixed drive im using at present is brilliant at low speeds tho anything over 50 in a chop becomes hard work
the diesel engine is 1000lbs i can cruise at 50mph for 20miles and use 5 gallon of diesel witch costs less than $4 dollars a gallon

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Well you know you'll have to do a lot of transom work for twins but I say go for it. You could drop down to 370s and save some weight too.
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