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I am looking for a small cabin cruiser about 20' What would be the best type of engine inboard or outboard (2 or 4 stroke)

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Hi

Firstly a big welcome to the forum, your going to get a varity of answers to this one I know.

We started out with a 15 foot Microplus Cabin Crusier and worked our way upto a 30'Bounty Cabin Crusier.

I would expect that you will end up with an outboard to start with, given a choice a four stroke on economy grounds as they are much cheaper to run.

But if you find an inboard powered boat then go for a diesel.

I think what boat you buy will ultimately decide what engine you end up with however.

John

Kind regards, John(Captain Joshie)& Jo. Dawn Princess 155R Bounty 30

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With a 20ft boat each type would have advantages and disadvantages, with no definite overall winner.

People will have their opinions of course, but they will be tempered by the type of engines they've had, good and bad. Some outboards are terrible, but others are excellent, and the same is true of inboards.

Much larger, and it would be Diesel Inboard all the way, no argument.



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Have a look at http://www.the-norfolk-broads.co.uk/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=22&Topic=17184

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the best is an inboard diesel, if pos, if notm, the go to
an outboard 4 stroke, wouldn't touch the damn 2 stroke
with a long pole!

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hi, i do not know if this is a common thing but have you thought about an outboard (4stroke) in a well inside the boat itself. i have seen these on a few sailing boats. the advantage of the outboard plus the advantages of an inboard. you have a hole in the boat taken above the waterline in the form of a shaft and you hang the motor on the side of this shaft on a mounting as needed. works well on the sailing boats. the weight is the same inboard or out. a diesel engine is usually more expensive and you have to think about the type of drive system. also heavy. larger boats i agree are better with a diesel inboard, but then you have room for them.

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go inboard 4 stroke cant go wrong Smile  




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Virtually all the boats around 20 feet in our marina have petrol outboards. Advantages: leaves more space in the boat, is generally quieter, can be tilted out of the water when not in use which keeps it cleaner and also makes it easier to remove weeds, shopping trollies etc. from the prop Smile , can be more easily removed from the boat (and another substituted) if it suffers mechanical problems. Also with the current worries about the effects of bio-diesel on old fuel systems and the price of marina diesel a petrol engine might be a better bet. Definitely go for a four-stroke - two-strokes are noisier, smokier and don't like running for extended periods at or near idle speed.
Disadvantages: not many I can think of, more vulnerable to theft, might have limited capacity to charge extra battery banks and petrol no longer generally available riverside so you'd need to carry cans around in the car.
My boat (23') has an old Perkins diesel inboard which is very noisy, smelly and quite smokey at times.

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Mike.

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Depends on what you want to spend, but here's a nice Shetland which is only 21' long and has an inboard diesel.
http://norfolkboats.co.uk/shetland.html

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On a small boat the real advantage of an outboard is being able to just go on a bright sunny winters day for a couple of hours.
Not worth all the trouble of de-winterising and then winterising an inboard for a day sail, so some of the best days are missed.

Captain Howe.


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