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 Posted: Thu Aug 8th, 2019 07:28 am
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fish tales

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Good day Sealiners,
Im looking for some clarity here, i have a 5m Buccaneer cat duck with two 30HP Tohatsu motors on and im quiet impressed with these motors, however i find myself looking for a bit more power.

I have come across a very clean Honda BF115 and am wondering how a cat hull would cope with a single engine setup. Has anybody done this before ? Are there any cons to take into consideration when converting to a single motor setup ?

The boat is rated for category E (1nm out)  so I dont actually require two engines for my setup.

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 Posted: Thu Aug 8th, 2019 08:13 am
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Dr halibut hoffman

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Well there's that con? The technical aspect of whether you can or not I can't help but whether I'd want to go out on one motor as opposed to two..

A few years ago there was an RIB with single motor that went missing after petrol ran out or motor failure, with 2 or 3 students on board, a mile or less off the Krom river mouth in St Francis. As far as I can recall that vessel eventually was found floating with no-one on board off langebaan or west coast somewhere..R.I.P. Just saying..
I wouldn't feel safe fishing off an RIB in general, but each to their own, with hooks, gaffs and spiky fish in throw one motor into the equation? One Battery, One fuel tank..There is a reason for redundancy in our stormy corner of the ocean.

Last edited on Thu Aug 8th, 2019 08:17 am by Dr halibut hoffman

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 Posted: Thu Aug 8th, 2019 09:20 am
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Yes, it is possible to have a single engine on a cat.There should be a manufactures plate on your transom indicating a maximum horse power and maybe even weight.

As far as i know, Honda marine pulled out of SA so it could be tricky to get spares.

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