Today’s big center console fishing machines have gobs of power, and in many cases, when buying one you’ll have to choose between twin outboards and triples. At first glance, bolting triple outboards across the transom of a boat may seem crazy. But as we described in The Triple Outboard Engine Craze – Is it Crazy? three outboards running together are actually more fuel efficient than twins. The three engines don’t work as hard as twins to produce the same speed, and there’s an ever-so-slight efficiency advantage.
This fact does not, however, tell the full story. In fact, there are several other considerations to take into account when you have to choose between triple and twin outboard fishing boats. Here are the pros and the cons to keep in mind, if you’re considering a triple engine rig:
With today’s high-horsepower options, in many cases you’ll be able to match horsepower-for-horsepower either way. Consider, for example, that with a pair of Seven Marine 627 HP outboards you can break the 1,200 HP barrier with just two outboards. That’s significantly more juice than you can get with triple 300’s, and even more than triple 400’s (which is also an option, these days). Whether or not you can get “enough” power with twins versus triples is rarely the question. So when you have to choose between twin outboards and triples, consider the above pros and cons—and then you’ll have your answer.