Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
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The engine in my 1986 O'day 35 is a Universal Diesel M25. When I bought the boat in 2006 the engine had 3600 hours on it. Now it has 3840. Most important is that it runs perfectly, burns no oil, and make good power.
My boat came with meticulous records, I have the maintenance log from the original owner, and that was what made me comfortable with buying a boat with high hours.
As others mentioned, diesels like to run and will go for a long time. Personally, I think that the age of the engine is more important than the number of hours. The salt water environment is not friendly for iron engines. If not taken care of, the engine will die from rot and rust long before it dies from too many hours. IMHO, once the oil pan rusts out the engine is done. I would way rather have a 3000 hour engine that has been cleaned, painted, and otherwise maintained than a 1000 hour engine that is dirty, rusty, and uncared for.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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