I'm getting ready to write the (godawful) check for a 26 pilothouse with Suzuki power. I'm waffling between a single 250 (couple thou cheaper, better gas mileage, lower drag), or dual 140s (redundancy, more drag, slightly more power, 1 should be able to get me barely on step)
I'm leaning towards one motor for simplicity, cost, slightly easier maintenance, transom space and weight.
I'm thinking that the 2 times I've had my motor go out on my 17 were fuel related and would have gotten two motors anyway. Also, if I whack a log at speed I'd probably toast two lower ends too.
I'd still have a kicker (already own it) on a seperate fuel tank, like I said, fuel has gotten me twice.
So, how many of you dual motor fellahs have actually had to limp back on only 1 motor. If its a fairly common thing than I'll probably go with the dual, if its exceedingly rare (once in 10 years kind of thing) than I'll go ahead with the single.
Going with the suzuki motors since they're quieter and a bit cheaper than the Yamahas.