single or twins for farallon 2600 walk around

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what power for a 2600 outboard? 250-300 hp single with a kicker or a pair of 150hp twins? What type of performance and fuel economy at cruise and WOT should I expect light and loaded?
 
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    Personally I don't think a single will get the job done, maybe a single 350. Twin 150's is my call. Also twice the headache and maintenance cost but worth it IMO.
     
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    If you're going 2 strokes, 150's.
    If you're going 4 strokes, 200's.

    I'm currently running 2 stroke 150's on my 26' and they are amazing power-wise.
    If I were to repower to 4 strokes, I'd go 200's.
     
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    The peace of mind of two outboards is worth the extra cost to me.
     
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    still thinking about it, on a single I would have a kicker motor fir salmon trolling and as a backup. The zuke df300b or a set of twin 175's are leading the pack. I have a buddy with the df300b on a 28' aluminum offshore walkaround pilot house and that motor is pretty amazing.
     
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    Curious if you could explain why you would recommend those over say twin 200s on a boat this size.
    I would not unless I found a screaming deal on them. For me I do not need 55-60mph top end and 40+mph cruise. I will be happy with 40mph top end and 25-30 cruise. Most times in the ocean up here I will be happy to get over 25mph.
    Unless the new Merc V8's you are looking at a lot of weight on a boat this size.
     
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    Curious if you could explain why you would recommend those over say twin 200s on a boat this size.
    I believe there is a opinion of many that there is better fuel economy running less horsepower vs running max rated horsepower from the manufacturer

    The OP is powering a heavy 26ft Farallon and running a pair of 4 cylinder 200s is going to be under gunned

    For example, my 263 Grady (26ft 11inch) has twin Yamaha 225hp 2 stroke OX66s(250 cowlings)

    205 gallons of fuel, 50 gallons bait tank water, 3 guys and gear will get 1.4 mpgs+, 1/2 tank of fuel I will get 1.6 or so

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    The other plus of more hps vs less is break downs . Last week a fuel pump failed on my GW, came home at 25kts on one screw

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    Is this for a new boat or a restoration?
    I’m rebuilding an 83 26’Farallon and I’ve been debating over twin 200 and twin 225 Mercury. The weight is the same. When I spoke with Farallon they said my boat had no HP rating because they were custom boats back then. Not sure if that’s true.
     
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    Given the options you outline, I'd go 2x200hp.

    Adding a kicker with controls and steering and AP? All that stuff adds up quick. Twin 200s shouldn't be that very much more than a Df300b plus kicker and accessories.
     
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    Is this for a new boat or a restoration?
    I’m rebuilding an 83 26’Farallon and I’ve been debating over twin 200 and twin 225 Mercury. The weight is the same. When I spoke with Farallon they said my boat had no HP rating because they were custom boats back then. Not sure if that’s true.
    this will be for a new build. They have done one with twin 225 etecs and said its overpowered. Did not say what the max would be, just did not recommend more then twin 200's. Mercs cost to much more so not really in the picture for me.
     
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    Given the options you outline, I'd go 2x200hp.

    Adding a kicker with controls and steering and AP? All that stuff adds up quick. Twin 200s shouldn't be that very much more than a Df300b plus kicker and accessories.
    only couple grand more for the quotes I received for the twin 200's. Twin 175's where the same money. I have a T8 kicker already but if not twin 200 would be same money or cheaper.
     
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    Farallon's website is garbage. They need to add build specs and performance specs.
    You said 5100 dry weight. What is the beam and deadrise?
    More beam and deeper V both require more HP.

    My boat is about 26' 6" (discounting the bow pulpit). 8.5 foot beam. 19 degrees at the transom. Hardtop and full curtains. Listed at 4250 dry weight, 6000 trailer weight.

    Single Df300 with 3x16x18.5P prop. Full fuel (175 gal) and only me. Best cruise is 25 to 30 mph.
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    I'm very happy with my single. The Farallon is starting out nearly 1000# heavier. I think twin 200s is the answer. Two props for better bite and lift.
    Don't let the T8 cloud your decision. I'm all for saving $$$ and using what I already own but you need to power it properly. Sell the kicker. They are always in demand.
     
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    Farallon's website is garbage. They need to add build specs and performance specs.
    You said 5100 dry weight. What is the beam and deadrise?
    More beam and deeper V both require more HP.

    My boat is about 26' 6" (discounting the bow pulpit). 8.5 foot beam. 19 degrees at the transom. Hardtop and full curtains. Listed at 4250 dry weight, 6000 trailer weight.

    Single Df300 with 3x16x18.5P prop. Full fuel (175 gal) and only me. Best cruise is 25 to 30 mph.
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    I'm very happy with my single. The Farallon is starting out nearly 1000# heavier. I think twin 200s is the answer. Two props for better bite and lift.
    Don't let the T8 cloud your decision. I'm all for saving $$$ and using what I already own but you need to power it properly. Sell the kicker. They are always in demand.
    Farallon has the specs on there site. 26' AOL, 8.5' beam, 20degree deadrise and approximate weight of 7000lb. I believe that that the 200's will be the way I go. Will not even notice the couple grand in price difference 6 months down the road.
     
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    I would definitely go more horsepower. I have the same hull as kid creole and we have Yamaha f150s. The boat does pretty well, but I definitely wouldn’t want any less go, and my hull is 4000 dry.
     
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