Boating

OUTBOARD VS. INBOARD

Source: The diesel inboard offers potential longer-term reliability, enhanced stability, and a longer cruising range; outboards provide increased speed, lower cost, the ability to trim completely out of the water, and easier maintenance access.

Why does everybody seem to want to put outboards on big boats these days? It looks crazy to hang a bracket with a pair of outboards on the transom of a goodlooking, sturdy 36-foot hull designed for work or play. The little propellers on those outboards will never produce the grip on the water of a proper largediameter wheel on an inboard shaft driven by a modern electronic commonrail diesel. The outboards will burn way more fuel, they’ll blow up driving that big hull, and they’ll ruin the balance.

Won’t they?

Well, when semicustom boatbuilder Bill Judge (judgeyachts.com) showed up in one of his 36-foot Chesapeakes for the Annapolis Fish for a Cure tournament a couple of years ago, it was powered by a pair of 300 hp Suzuki outboards instead of the usual 480 hp Cummins inboard. Was Judge crazy like a fox? There was one way to find out.

The owners of the 36 Chesapeake inboard like to fish and take long-distance cruises at trawler speeds.

· LOA: 36'0" · BEAM: 12'0"

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