Charleston Water Taxi Depends on Yamaha to Stay on Time
By Craig Lamb
The Ms. Evelyn and Dorothy Marie are 40-foot Corinthian Catamarans that run a continuous loop around Charleston Harbor. From 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily, the Charleston Water Taxi boats ferry passengers to and from historical sites and the entertainment and dining district that are unique to the South Carolina coastal town.
The water taxis run every hour with a 30-minute turnaround time over the 4-mile, round-trip excursion. A tight, nonstop schedule running 11 hours each day of the year makes being on time the most important part of the business.
That is why Capt. Scott Connelly and Capt. Chip Deaton, co-owners of the Charleston Water Taxi, depend on Yamaha to power their catamarans.
“People depend on us to be on schedule, every day, seven days a week,” said Connelly, like his partner, natives of Charleston who’ve made lifelong careers of working on the water.
“Keeping that hourly schedule is key to us,” added Deaton. “We are a taxi service and the reliability of Yamaha proved itself to us in the first year.”
That was back in 2005 when they launched the business.
“We went with Yamaha first, knowing it would be the most dependable brand for us, especially with the risks involved in launching a new business,” explained Connelly.
“We went with 150 horsepower outboards and got 800 hours from the first set without any problems,” continued Deaton. “We kept on going with another set of 150s and got 8,700 hours from those outboards.”
“We can’t afford downtime, and at the end of the day we want to go home, be with our families.”
They get to do that thanks to the dependability of Yamaha technology. In fact, the current set of 2.8L F200 In-Line Four outboards has produced remarkable performance.
“We have 7,000 and counting on this set,” continued Deaton.
To put that into perspective, running an outboard motor for 7,000 hours is equivalent to driving a vehicle for 225,000 miles in urban commuting.
“Other than routine maintenance we haven’t had any issues with our Yamahas,” said Connelly.
Click here to see an interactive graphic for benefits of the F200.
Repowering the Ms. Evelyn and Dorothy Marie was made easy with mounting centers and bolt patterns that are identical to Yamaha’s two-stroke HPDI 200. Upgrading to digital rigging was easy, too.
Connelly and Deaton like the faster acceleration, efficient power and best power-to-weight ratio of the F200. Passengers like the benefit of carrying on conversations about their Charleston experience and touring plans. They do that thanks in part to the new Shift Dampener System (SDS) hardware. An SDS propeller, together with counterbalancing shafts, helps minimize shifting vibration for a quieter, smoother ride.
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Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com