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Re: Which engines would you think twice about
To me, the key to an affordable, easy-to-maintain engine is going with something that is still in production.
My boat came with a Westerbeke 10-Two. It hadn't been made since 1987. A new starter was listing for $1000. A head gasket was $350. A rebuild kit was going to be around $4000.
I found a salvage Beta Marine with a Kubota Z482 block, which is still in production. I spent $2k on a new long block and swapped over the marinized parts. Starters are now $80. Complete gasket sets are $50.
Always go with something that is still being manufactured. Even if you have to spend a little more to re-power, you're going to save in the long run.
Pretty good advice but not absolute - The Atomic 4 being a case in point. I haven't had any problem with parts for my Perkins 4-107. Some parts are a bit pricey but well within the "marine" standard.
I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.