Originally Posted by TQA
If all you want the engine for is to push you in and out of the marina then an A4 is fine.
However if you want to use it for long periods of upwind motorsailing then I would go for the diesel.
You don't see many A4s in the Eastern Caribbean.
True if the A-4 is tired with low compression but I have run my A-4 for 7 to 8 hrs a day, day after day for weeks running the ICW. Even a 26 hr nonstop run back from the Abacos. I wonder if the size of the boats you usually find A-4s in is more the reason that there are few in the E C. Dan S/V Marian Claire