Re: [bolger] Re: MICRO TRAWLER
- Good points Susanne. Also consider that automobile engines typically only run @ about 20% of rated max HP around 80% of the time (coasting, idling at the stop light, flat terrain cruising etc).On the other hand, when you consider hull drag, prop thrust and friction, marine engines are constantly going uphill towing a trailer and are designed accordingly. My recommendation is a 4 stroke outboard until you get into larger boats where a diesel inboard makes more sense.
- True Doug, Ford FE gas truck engines had larger diameter crankshafts and cam profiles designed more for low RPM torque, compared to the equivalent car engines. Some GMC truck gassers even had exhaust valve rotators and stellite valve seats, anticipating heavier engine load demands.Your Isuzu may have had oil starvation issues if the oilpan capacity was not increased and the pickup lowered. I have a marinized 1956 Packard V8 with the oilpan capacity increased from 5 quarts to 4 gallons and an integral oil cooler built in. Most working boats of 25-30 feet and up have gone diesel but that may not be a practical option for the MT being discussed. 4 cycle outboards have been around for several years now and have a good track record even in small commercial fishboats that get hard use.