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Old 12-24-2011, 12:58 PM
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I've decided the twin bbc are the way for me to go on the 306 cat, I want to have the ability to run 130 plus when I need it and cruise at 100mph for long durations. The merc 525 or the ilmors will do that
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Old 12-24-2011, 02:41 PM
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single, if I lived on a lake and twins if I lived on the Ocean.
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Old 12-24-2011, 11:24 PM
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not trying to step on your dream boat...just a few things to think about. not sure if u have been taking to the company....but 130 with 525's is right at the world kilo record. and for a much narrower hull than a DW or skater outboard boat. not sure if u r talking closed or open boat? for easy math 100 mph at wot with 100 gallons is 1 hour. not sure what tanks u will have? range and weight distribution will b an issue if u plan on doing some poker runs and running offshore. going with Ilmore 625's is cool...great company and people to work with!!! but i would be shocked if any 30' cat had room for correct shaft geometry! more so on a narrow beam cat.
if you're open to input and buying/building a new boat of this size; peter at skater has forgotten more than most manufacturers collectively have. this is why many manufacturers have had peter build their prototypes and or race hulls. doug wright should also b on that call list too.
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Old 12-24-2011, 11:52 PM
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I run twin 300XS motors. Run them wide open forever without worrying about blowing them up. Two outboards weigh 200 lbs less than one I/O.


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Old 12-25-2011, 02:04 AM
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mmmm I think power to weight is very close or slightly in favor of the single I/O.

Merc 300sx's are about 505 lb each short shaft version

I like Whackers for sure, but extended salt running just wipes them out over time whereas the closed loop inboards will go through exhausts, but enjoy longer lifespans.

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Transom Assembly weight about 100
XR assembly about 150
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Ilmor 710 -about 800LB

about 1050 and 700 ponies. 1.5 lb / hp

Vs twin OB"s @ 1010 and 600 ponies. 1.75 lb per hp

These ilmor mills run flat out for hours as well.



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Old 12-25-2011, 02:27 AM
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What a rock n pleasure boat! nice minimal cabin in a 100 mph, reliable offshore.
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...for easy math 100 mph at wot with 100 gallons is 1 hour. not sure what tanks u will have?
One more plus for the twin OBs. Almost triple the range for the same fuel. And you can still go 100.
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Old 12-26-2011, 11:29 AM
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I read in powerboat magazine once: "it's not how fast you go; it's how well you go fast"
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Old 12-26-2011, 11:45 AM
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Another vote for the twin o/b's. I've owned the same boat both ways (26 Daytona-- one 2001 single, one 2005 with o/b's). 2001 with warmed up Merc 575---89.9. 2005 twin 300x's---112.6. Solid reliability and performance.

The o/b boat will run 36-37 with one engine offline
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So after reading all the posts, the age old debate between single or twins comes down to what I always suspected.

90% of the time, those that can afford to run twins will prefer twins.
And 90% of the time, those who can't afford to run twins will sing the virtues of a single.

Everyone will run what they can afford (hopefully)
I figured "Hell, I can't afford to run either, so why not go for twins"
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