We bought our current boat knowing that we would be re-powering it before we leave. I've heard some horror stories that the labor for installation can easily be as much as you paid for the motor. I'm going to wait until we're close to the shove off date when we'll be retired and can do the work ourselves. I'm made some preliminary inquiries with Beta Marine and it looks like they can provide computer graphic drawings of your current motor overlapped on their replacement model so you can get an idea how well their replacement motor will fit. That's encouraging for me. If you're going to have someone else do all the work, I would get some sort of a quote on what it will cost you before making an offer on the boat. It could easily cost you $20K on a 40 hp diesel installation.
1983 Fraser 41
La Conner, WA
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Boating for over 25 years, some of them successfully.