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post #18 of Old 07-01-2013
Sanduskysailor
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Re: Atomic 4

I had a A-4 on a Sabre 28 for 22 years and a Yanmar 2gm on a C&C for 4 years. Both have pros and cons. If the Yanmar is FWC then it is a big plus. If it is the one cylinder gm10 or gm8 you won't like the noise and vibration. An 81 Mirage 27 probably has one of the last A-4s built. Provided that all of the engines are in good shape here are some things to consider: the Northern is a bit pinched in the ends and would be a little twitchy with a following sea. The Marine 28 is similar to a Sabre 28 and potentially is the fastest of the bunch. The Mirage is a bit slower than the Mariner. All 3 could be an acceptable first boat depending on their condition and your maintenance skills and/or resources.
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