Rebuild or Replace
I have a 1979 Young Sun Ketch which I really like for its offshore capability, but I need to decide what to do with the original Perkins 4-154 diesel engine. She runs well, starts quickly and other than requiring oil and water in modest amounts will propel the boat at speeds upwards of 7 knots at 2000 RPMs in flat water without adverse breeze for 24 hours at a time. I usually stop to replenish the fluids at least every 24 hours.
I would love a new 4-154, but I don''t think they are still made. I have found a site for Perkins-Sabre engines, one of which seems to be about the same in terms of specs. I looked at a Westerbeke of similar specs also. The new engines have alarms for every concievable malfunction which would be great.
Should I rebuild the old engine which is beginning to leak and at some inopportune time will fail or should I get a new engine? Can some of you share your experiences with me on this one Please? Bill Shedd