Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: Gas vs. Diesel
Besides the obvious safety issue, diesel engines are work horses, designed for the constant torque of a boat over many hours. They are either industrial conversions or motors originally used in heavy equipment like tractors or loaders. Most gassers are usually not industrial engines but converted auto designs, never really meant to run under constant load. Diesels have no plugs to foul, wires to get wet, computer modules to fry.
The biggest concern with diesels is keeping the fuel clean.
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