My problem is that I love the dual outboard system so much, that it really limits boat maker when we eventually choose to upsize! Although I've been really happy with the Seawind
, and an 1160 Lite or an 1190 appears to be the most likely next boat. Or maybe the larger Maine Cat
, if that has an outboard option.
Our 9.9 hp Yamaha's were abused by charterers for about three years prior to us buying
the boat. Had 750 hrs on each motor
. I suspect they were motoring from Miami to Bahamas
more than sailing. After ten years and about 1500 hrs, one of the motors had a failure that made it more cost efficient to replace than repair. So at that time, I replaced them both. (Sold the working one to a fisherman to use as a kicker
, and gave him the other parts motor
, all for $1000.) Replaced with same Yamaha 9.9 hp high thrust engines. Better fuel economy, quieter than previous model, and have flush fittings. Cost about $5000 to buy the two engines, and the swap-out took a day to do (by myself, using the boom).
changes are pretty easy with a suction pump
and hose. Lower unit lube and water pumps can be done by disconnecting and raising the motor up and out of the box using the boom. Or I have also done sitting in a kayak
, and just tilting the motor and removing the lower unit, take it to a work
bench, and servicing it there. They key is to remove and grease up the lower unit threads and spindle very well with heavy grease when it is new, and then every 2-3 years, so it all slides on and off. I've also found that the bottom paint
only lasts about 3 years, and when the boat is in the yard, it is a great time for water pump
changeout and lower unit lube. Very easy DIY project
The only other issue is carb cleanout if you are using ethanol fuel. I had to do that annually, until I switched over to non-ethanol fuel. That said, I can lean over, remove the cowling, and take the carb off for service with the motor still attached in operating position. One time I even removed and cleaned the carb on the second motor while underway.
As mentioned before, alternators are smaller. That is fine with me though, as the solar panels
cover our usage fully. In fact, when we motor, I usually turn on lights and fans in the boat, plug
in the inverter
, and generally try to charge all electronics
that need it, because I'm trying to keep the batteries
from being overcharged by the motor alternators.
For hot water, we have a Bosch on-demand hot water heater
than runs on propane. I wouldn't want a hot water tank taking up space onboard.
For fresh water, we have a Spectra 150D watermaker
than runs off the solar panels
as well. We consume about 10 gals fresh water per day, and run the WM every 2-3 days to keep up with consumption