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Originally Posted by Waltthesalt View Post
Before deciding on a significantly larger engine I recommend checking out Dave Gerr's "Propeller Handbook" from the library. Overpowering can be problematic for the diesel if that means the engine will not normally be run at 80-90% full load.
I'll have to show my ignorance of Diesel Engines here but wouldn't it prolong the life of an engine if it didn't have to run at 80% to 90% load on a consistent basis? I thought I would be ahead of the game If I had a 30HP engine on a 12,000lb boat with the proper propeller.

But that's why I'm here, to learn.

Thanks for any feedback;


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