Hours on a Diesel - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 Old 07-14-2005 Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Stuart, FL
Posts: 18
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Hours on a Diesel

I''m looking at a boat with a Westerbeke diesel that has 3200 hours on it. What would be considered an average life of an engine like this? I don''t know if this is high time or not.
Helimech is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 Old 07-15-2005
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 210
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 11
Hours on a Diesel

This is one of these questions that starts off with an answer"That depends" It is no problem for an engine like this to run double that in hours and it is quite possible that it is ready for a rebuild.If it has been well maintained(and properly used) that amount of hours is not great.Compression check..........And when you see other things neglected on a boat you can probably assume the engine has been neglected as well.Even looking at the exterior of an engine and seeing it with new looking filters and spare impellers,filters,manuals,and maintenance log all put away in some order will also give you some good clues to it`s upkeep.It is more about the owner than the engine that keeps these motors working and proper storage means a great deal since many engines spend a great deal of time not being used.One more thing also is that I do not trust hour gages,they can be easily tampered with or not working at all.
dman is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 3 Old 08-01-2005
Join Date: Jan 2001
Posts: 76
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 15
Hours on a Diesel

Hello Helimech,
3200 hours is the equivelant of 192,000 miles. One engine hour is based on 60 miles. Folks that are used to gas engines are usually horrified by that many miles, but for a well maintianed diesel that isn''t that much. I have had several diesels that have gone over 10,000 hours without a rebuild. The key here is doing the proper maintenance.
Ask the owner how often he srvices the engine. If they just uses it to get on and off the dock he should be servicing it about every fifty hours. If he tells you that he services it once a year, there is a good chance it will need an overhaul pretty quick with that many hours on it. Diesels are made to run all day and then some, not for short runs. They will do it, but need to be serviced more often because of it.
I look at like this;It costs around 20 buck to buy the stuff to service my engine. If I do that an extra three or four times a year it could never add up to more than a single rebuild costs.
Very best of luck to you
DirtManly is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
fuel consumption gas vs diesel jklewissf Gear & Maintenance 25 05-11-2013 08:28 PM
slight oil slick in diesel engine exhaust mcagney Gear & Maintenance 7 04-04-2013 02:15 AM
installing duct system for diesel heater and air conditioner levenezia Gear & Maintenance 1 09-25-2004 04:20 AM
Breaking in a Diesel rling Gear & Maintenance 3 01-03-2003 05:46 AM
diesel tachometer diesel MHRitter Gear & Maintenance 1 09-17-2002 12:52 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome