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September 15, 2008



Yeah, that engine looks too big for you boat anyway ;-)


Diesels, so I'm told, love to be run and run and run ... are hard to stop so long as they have clean fuel ... but they don't so much care for occasional intermittent use. So, if you were a commercial boater or were fighting six-knot currents every day or expected to get in thousands of hours under power, the diesel would be lovely. Of course, weight, balance, eating up room in the boat, cutting holes in the hull, monitoring through-hulls, bedding the engine properly, aligning the shaft, adjusting the shaft seal, winterizing tank, etc., are additional issues. That seems like a lot of complexity for a twenty-six-foot boat.

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