Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Kirkland, Washington
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So... I'm not sure of this, but I think that I recall..
When I was shopping for boats back in the mid-1980's I looked at a Balboa 26. I definitely wanted an inboard, because I wanted to make sure that my propeller stayed in the water in choppy seas instead of spending a lot of time whirling around in the air.
As I recall, the one I looked at had an inboard diesel. It was a one cylinder 6hp (Lister) Petter.
The boat I actually bought was a Catalina 27 with the same engine.
If that is the engine in the boat you are proposing to buy, you should know that the engine has an aluminum head and is raw water cooled. This is not a good combination for saltwater use. Corrosion on the head lead to multiple head gasket replacements and remachining.
Of course, this is less of a problem in fresh water.
I eventually wound up replacing it with a Universal 2M 12 engine, which cost me over $3K, back then, doing all the labor myself.
Additionally, the engine did not have a temperature gauge or warning.
I will say, that the engine had plenty of horsepower for my boat, which was much heavier than yours.
Again, I'm not sure about the engine I saw, but I thought I let you know anyhow.
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