Mailport: June 2014
I think a useful PS project would be a survey of subscribers’ experiences with their engines. You could combine this with a survey of boatyard managers and mechanics to get the benefit of their observations. I repowered my 38-foot Ericson recently, switching to Yanmar after never-ending problems with a Volvo turbo. It would have been very helpful to me to have had some statistical information on good makes and models. Information such as this would also be useful to anyone buying a used boat. Other information, such as availability of parts, cost of repairs, noise and vibration could also be a part of the survey.
Richard T. Hardaway
In February 2002, we ran an article called “Diesel Mechanics Forum” that addresses some of your points. Interviewing a roundtable of diesel engine mechanics, the article covers their opinions and experiences with a range of engine brands. We also welcome input from readers who would like to chime in on their inboards; please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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