Upgrade from 250 single 5.7 to 280 twin 4.3s?

NoahsArkNoahsArk Posts: 8Member
Hello,

We currently run a 1988 Fiesta Vee 250 5.7 on Lake Michigan. We travel when the weather is right. We have radar, charts, plotter, ect. 

I'm considering upgrading to 1994 Fiesta Vee 280 twin 4.3s. The reason is for redundancy in the event of a motor becoming disabled. My fear is becoming disabled and ending up on the rocks while waiting for sea tow.  The additional motor would eliminate that concern. The extra space and size would be nice but not necesarrily a factor in the decision. 

At this time we don't intend to run across the lake.

Our initial goal is to go north to Sturgeon Bay from Milwaukee, around the Door Peninsula and back to Milwaukee. 

Can anyone offer advice or thoughts on this senerio?

Thank you
David H - Milwaukee
1988 Rinker Fiesta Vee 250
1982 Ski Nautique 2001

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  • zaverin1zaverin1 Saint Clair Shores,MIPosts: 743Member ✭✭✭
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    I have 280 twin
    ask away 
  • aero3113aero3113 Long Island, NYPosts: 1,408Member ✭✭✭✭
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    I would think the 280 with twins would be a better ride also, the extra weight spread across the stern will make it more stable.
  • F1100F1100 Lake SimcoePosts: 166Member ✭✭
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    my 300 with twin 5.7 can take some serious waves at a good clip. And can cruise on plane at about 25 mph
  • Cableguy GregCableguy Greg Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 2,958Member ✭✭✭✭✭
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    There used to be a 280FV with 4.3's at my marina. I rode in it years ago and it ran great on the river. It had the Alpha 1 drives with 4 blade props.
  • zaverin1zaverin1 Saint Clair Shores,MIPosts: 743Member ✭✭✭
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    4.3
    1.1 prop around 24 to 26 mph abs 3400 rpm
    the wider the beam
    much stable the vessel becomes 
  • F1100F1100 Lake SimcoePosts: 166Member ✭✭
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    at max speed its about 4500rpm and 37mph, at 25mph its at about 3300rpm or so

    yes the 300 is a nice size, not too big, but big enough to handle water, and be comfortable on.

    even fully loaded the boat comes on plane pretty easy
  • F1100F1100 Lake SimcoePosts: 166Member ✭✭
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    at 24mph or below, it wants to come off plane

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  • NoahsArkNoahsArk Posts: 8Member
    edited August 23
    Thanks for your input.

    I'll take the 280 for a spin when I get a chance. 

    aero3113
      I would also think it would be quite a bit more stable than the 250.

    Zaverin1 are you running 4.3s or V8s. I'm curious about the gph. 

    F1100 the 300 certainly look tempting.The size does however seem like a logical step from the 250. With the V8's at the 25 mph are your turning 3500 rpm? (at 3500 my 5.7 is 12 - 15gph.)
    David H - Milwaukee
    1988 Rinker Fiesta Vee 250
    1982 Ski Nautique 2001
  • Gr8earsGr8ears Posts: 11Member ✭✭
    If the $ isn't a real consideration, the twin would be a better choice.  I also have a '88 FV250 with 5.7.  A good friend bought a twin 30' Bayliner.  When we run together on a local lake, the trip we take up lake and back, he uses 88 gallons of fuel, I use 24.  Big difference.  I am going to buy a 10 or 15 horse "kicker".  That will get me in if I get into a problem with main engine, and will work for fishing.
  • StodgeStodge Lake St. ClairPosts: 1,338Member ✭✭✭
    I had a 280 with twin 4.3.  She'd do 27-30 in good conditions.  Little slow to get on plane, but got close to 1.5 MPG.  

    2002 FV 342 on Lake St. Clair - Past Commodore SHC - Vessel Examiner USCGAUX

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