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Diesel smell can be fixed- a good cleaning is all it needs, and with the cost of gas getting stupid, you gotta like the Yanmar 1/4 gallon/hr efficiency.... and the higher resale down the road over a gas engine.

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Diesel smell can be fixed- a good cleaning is all it needs, and with the cost of gas getting stupid, you gotta like the Yanmar 1/4 gallon/hr efficiency.... and the higher resale down the road over a gas engine.
That's good to know. I figured the smell was likely due to poor housekeeping. How much horsepower should I look for in a 27-30 foot boat?
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Ah, when the economy was better maybe the marinas decided to replace small slips with bigger ones so they could soak the rich yachties.

If the 23 footer doesn't pan out, have you considered looking at Catalina 27s? I think of them as the "littlest big boats".
If they are renting out the whole slip, why do they care what size boat is in it? There's a slip near me, 32ft, with a dinghy in it.

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The length of the boat isn't so important as weight when you're considering how many horsies to put in it. Some people say about 3 or 4 HP per ton.


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Horsepower - 20-25 for a Catalina or equiv.
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I just found that Yanmar says 1hp for 500 on their website.


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If they are renting out the whole slip, why do they care what size boat is in it? There's a slip near me, 32ft, with a dinghy in it.
It's a city owned and operated marina. Nothing they do makes sense.
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I admit to being unaware of the realities of the California boat-buying market, but can you really not find a decent Catalina 27 for $8500?

Jesus, I know you're all sick of hearing about it but I bought an excellent Pearson 30 for $4,000! Are the markets of Annapolis and California really so different?
I've seen Catalina 27s for sale and that would be the top of the range. Usually they go for 6-7K.

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Horsepower - 20-25 for a Catalina or equiv.
Are you trying to make a Catalina 27 plane?
Often skippers end up with more engine than they need, based on the bigger is better philosophy or a failure to understand that torque is a better measure of an engine's ability than hp. Personally, I blame the Atomic 4 for this trend- because that lump put out 30 hp, owners though they NEED 30 hp on their next boat, never realizing that the peak hp of an atomic is at 3500 rpm, while usually cruiseat hull speed is at 2000-2400 rpm, where the engine is developing only 16-18 hp... if that, since the hp specs given are factory specs from a fresh engine.

I've got a 4400 lb boat, which often cruises with 1000 lbs of crew, dogs, fuel, and stores powered by a yanmar 1GM which has no problem cruising all day long at hull speed at 2400 rpm.
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Are you trying to make a Catalina 27 plane?
Often skippers end up with more engine than they need, based on the bigger is better philosophy or a failure to understand that torque is a better measure of an engine's ability than hp. Personally, I blame the Atomic 4 for this trend- because that lump put out 30 hp, owners though they NEED 30 hp on their next boat, never realizing that the peak hp of an atomic is at 3500 rpm, while usually cruiseat hull speed is at 2000-2400 rpm, where the engine is developing only 16-18 hp... if that, since the hp specs given are factory specs from a fresh engine.

I've got a 4400 lb boat, which often cruises with 1000 lbs of crew, dogs, fuel, and stores powered by a yanmar 1GM which has no problem cruising all day long at hull speed at 2400 rpm.
You are correct, sir! It is my understanding that in order to produce the higher horsepower these engines have to run relatively high RPM's. Is it true that the 30 horse and the 12 or so horse is the same engine with the lower HP rated engine being governed?
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