Charleston Water Taxi co-owner Chip Deaton, who logged between 6,800 and 10,000 hours on the South Carolina ferry with Yamaha F150 and F200 outboards, has decided on Yamaha V8 XTO Offshore outboards for the 40-passenger Daniel Island Ferry.
The catamaran, Indigo, offers daily service from Daniel Island to Charleston’s downtown Waterfront Park.
“We’ve run a Yamaha outboard for as many as 10,000 hours without powerhead repair,” said Deaton in a statement. “That’s equivalent to driving a car engine about 600,000 miles. We can't wait to see what kind of service life we will get from the new XTOs. They have been fantastic so far.”
The Charleston Water Taxi service has a long history of using Yamaha outboards. In 2005 Deaton fitted Yamaha F150 outboards on the original vessel. After putting 6,800 hours on the first set of motors, the team repowered with a second set of F150s, which logged 8,700 hours. The third set of F150s is in use today with approximately 3,000 hours.
“Because we run 11 to 14 hours each day with all our boats, there is little time for maintenance,” said Deaton. “The XTOs will allow us to do routine, necessary work — such as changing lower unit oil — without taking the boat out of the water. The design features that allow dock-side maintenance are incredible for us.”
Using the XTO Offshore outboards, Indigo can transport customers between stops in around 15 minutes; driving from Daniel Island to downtown Charleston can take up to an hour.