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Old 12-28-2011, 05:04 PM
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you are correct, i have an idea that this guy might be an older gray haired version of you that is from St. Louis....
Ha. I saw this and didn't know WTF you meant. All the sudden it makes sense.
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Old 12-29-2011, 08:58 AM
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broke a rocker stud, cost 600 to get a 20 minute tow back to my marina. was having trouble shifting into forward from time to time. made for some very tricky maneuvers around the dock. 27' fever 1 motor.

in a 30' cat take the twins. in a v- hull less than 30' i prefer a single. if i had $$$ staggered is the way to go. try working on 2 side by side motors in under a 30' v, not fun.
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Old 12-29-2011, 09:22 AM
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I have a 28 Pantera single and it is not easy to dock.

It is nice for working on the boat, cleaning, they can be fast if you put enough power in them. Anyone who hasnt been towed back to the dock is ling. It happens. What can you do..lol.

that being said I would buy twin engines if I bought a 30ft cat. That is a nice package.

I would suggest in that size range going to a 28 Skater. I love those boats and they are friggin fast man.
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Old 12-29-2011, 09:50 AM
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I think we cans top posting now...this whole post is crap....
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Old 12-29-2011, 12:45 PM
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This is actually a very realistic question. I'd bet that the two packages (single 525/XR vs Twin 6.2's) are nearly the same up front cost.

Long term though I'm not sure. the 525 will need a top end at 200-250 hours and a full rebuild at 400-500 hours. The XR drive will be fully taxed with the 525.

6.2's... what's the life expectancy on these things, 800-1000 hours? double that of the 525. The parts are also WAY cheaper when it comes to rebuild. The Bravos drives are perfectly suited to the power and should last just as long as the engines. Headers are problematic too.

So, the only extra expense of the 6.2's comes with general maintenance. It doesn't really cost that much to maintain these things... we're talking an extra $200 or so per season for an extra impeller, fuel filter, and fluids? exhaust manifolds go, but two sets of these for every set of CMI's... I'll call that a wash.

Overall, I'm with twins. It's far less of a PITA to deal with than a single 525 that IMO is not reliable. I used to put 200 hours a year on my boat. I would have blown my lid if I had to pull the engine every year.
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Old 12-29-2011, 06:12 PM
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This is actually a very realistic question. I'd bet that the two packages (single 525/XR vs Twin 6.2's) are nearly the same up front cost.

Long term though I'm not sure. the 525 will need a top end at 200-250 hours and a full rebuild at 400-500 hours. The XR drive will be fully taxed with the 525.

6.2's... what's the life expectancy on these things, 800-1000 hours? double that of the 525. The parts are also WAY cheaper when it comes to rebuild. The Bravos drives are perfectly suited to the power and should last just as long as the engines. Headers are problematic too.

So, the only extra expense of the 6.2's comes with general maintenance. It doesn't really cost that much to maintain these things... we're talking an extra $200 or so per season for an extra impeller, fuel filter, and fluids? exhaust manifolds go, but two sets of these for every set of CMI's... I'll call that a wash.

Overall, I'm with twins. It's far less of a PITA to deal with than a single 525 that IMO is not reliable. I used to put 200 hours a year on my boat. I would have blown my lid if I had to pull the engine every year.
All very good points! This is the reason I went with the twin 6.2 292 Fastech vs single 525 271 Fastech (back when they made the 271.

One downside to the 6.2 black engines is there is very little you can do with respect to horsepower upgrades, unlike the 525. Pretty much have to start from scratch, which is okay with me, someday...

Oh, and I believe the 525 271 package was the same or a bit more than the twin 6.2 292 package back in 2005.
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Old 12-29-2011, 06:21 PM
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Twins any day.

I will never own a single again

But I do enjoy watching other people go fast in them!
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