If you run fishing charters, then your boat is your main business asset. You need to make sure that it is always in good condition and that you can get your passengers from shore to sea and back again with no problems. While this generally works fine, you may worry about what would happen if your outboard motor failed and you and your passengers were left at sea. While you can call for help, you won't be able to get your passengers back to shore for a while. Some people may not be too happy about this. From a business perspective, unhappy customers aren't a good thing. They may not use you again or recommend you to other people.
If you're about to upgrade or replace your outboard motor, you can take this opportunity to switch from one engine to two. How will a dual-engine set up make your charter service more efficient?
Dual Motors Deal With Breakdowns Better
If you have one outboard motor on your boat and it breaks down, then you are stuck where you are until help arrives or you work out a way to get the motor running. When you switch from one engine to two, you give yourself an emergency backup. If one engine won't start, you can use the other to power the boat. You can then fix the faulty motor when you're safely docked again.
The chances of both your outboards failing at the same time are small. So, switching to a dual-engine system ensures that you can get your passengers to and from their fishing trips without any problems.
Dual Motors Give Better Manoeuvrability
While you may be pretty adept at manoeuvering your boat already, you may be surprised at how much easier this is with two outboards. Having two propellers makes controlling any boat easier. For example, you get better steering control even if the water is choppy. Docking is also a lot easier as the propellers go in different directions. If you give your charter customers a smooth and painless ride, they'll see that you know what you are doing and will be more impressed.
You may be concerned that having to control two separate outboard motors will make things more complicated. However, some manufacturers, like Yamaha, produce twin engine controls that make things simpler for you. To find out more about how dual systems or Yamaha outboard engines in particular work, talk to your outboard supplier.