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Re: Advice on a Caribbean Cruiser

The engine hours on that 13 yr old Beneteau are impressive. Does anyone have a good estimate of the number of hours you can expect out of the Yanmar?
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The engine hours on that 13 yr old Beneteau are impressive. Does anyone have a good estimate of the number of hours you can expect out of the Yanmar?
25,000 hours I've been told by Yanmar mechanics.



Mines at 6500 and is fine.
Had to do a few things. The only big one was a reconditioning of the Heat Exchanger. Apart from that its oil changes and filters.


Like cars when they hit 100,000 miles (or KMs) you need tolook after them but they go on and on.
Look at diesel trucks that do interstate run for decades....
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Re: Advice on a Caribbean Cruiser

I don't have any experience with steel boats or Van de Stadt designs, but this is an interesting and affordable cruising boat lying in Grenada, which would give you a nice run up through the islands.
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I don't have any experience with steel boats or Van de Stadt designs, but this is an interesting and affordable cruising boat lying in Grenada, which would give you a nice run up through the islands.
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Re: Advice on a Caribbean Cruiser

That boat is a great price, not sure it fits my family of 5 though
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Re: Advice on a Caribbean Cruiser

A classic question!
The smaller, more rugged, full keeled boat will be better at sea.
But the bigger, more modern fin keeler will be better in port.

In the caribbean, you don't need to do long passages if you don't want to. Its easy enough to hop from island to island. So go with a well built modern cruiser with lots of space for your boys and lots of storage.
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The engine hours on that 13 yr old Beneteau are impressive. Does anyone have a good estimate of the number of hours you can expect out of the Yanmar?
That equates to around 180,000 miles on a car. We got 250,000 out of our previous minivan and it was far from religiously maintained. 10,000 hours should be fairly easy with proper maintenance.
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Looks like I found one, a final update!

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Great choice - one of my all time favourites.
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Congrats! Looks like a fine boat, have fun with her!
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