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Re: Has anybody gone the sub £5k route for a liveaboard?
.....I would run from a Volvo, as parts are ridiculously expensive and hard to get here......
As an aside to the thread, I think this is mostly a myth. Some parts may be a little more expensive, but not ridiculously. Maybe 10%, in my experience. Compare a discount Yanmar dealer to a full price Volvo dealer and the spread may widen, but vice versa and it may go away entirely. I buy all parts for my 100hp Volvo over the internet from a US supplier and they arrive within 2 days. Never a problem sourcing a part.
The only meaningful difference is that you are unlikely to find a supply of Volvo oil filters, or other consumables, at the local chandlery, like you might find for Yanmars.
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