Houseboat Outboard Motors - remove replace diesel engines with outboards?
Houseboat Motors - remove replace diesel engines or outboards?
Looking at houseboats with outboard motors, should I remove or replace the diesel engines with twin outboards.
I'm glad I found this site, it was very helpful over the last 2 months while I was searching for a houseboat.
I just purchased a 1971/1972 Whit-Craft houseboat, and she's in need of some TLC before I move aboard, but seems solid and I'm looking forward to making her my own.
The boat will be used mainly as a residence, but I'm going to have to make a decision down the line about the propulsion or engine power.
It currently has twin Perkins diesels (@160 hp each) that I was told may or may not run, and I won't be sad if they don't because I hate the smell of diesel and would love to have them removed asap if they are shot.
I know these houseboats are heavy, high performance planing hulls and I would like to add a motor bracket and hang twin outboards.
A few people I've talked to say it can't be done. I'm thinking 250 hp w/ 30" shafts and big props may work. I will be living on it, and would only need power occasionally.
I look forward to your suggestions, Scott, Jacksonville, Florida Reply - Answer
Well Scott, congratulations on buying yourself a houseboat, and good luck with any future projects.
In regards to doing a major engine or
propulsion overhaul, or in your case, a major retrofit, you have to weigh all of the pros & cons.
As to whether you can put twin 250 hp outboards on your boat, I am not sure. You likely can get away with dual 150 hp 4 stroke outboards.
You would have to calculate the cost and labor involved in the project to see if it fits your budget.
Your easiest and cheapest method would be to keep the Perkin diesels, and simply pressure wash the engine compartment to remove the majority of the diesel smell.
Your next alternative if your diesels are shot would be to rebuild the Perkins to get them back to tip top working order.
Either way you will have to look at how you want your boat to perform, do you want displacement speed, or do you want a planing hull?
The faster that you want to go, the bigger and the more the engines cost, and so does the operating cost per hour etc... As you can see, there's a lot of homework to do first.Lastly
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Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats
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