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Rep Power: 10
The Cal T-2 is indeed a PHRF sleeper that does very well on the race course when well sailed.
However as a 35 year old boat of limited market value, despite it's servicability, it would be difficult to justify the cost of repowering with a new diesel - and certainly you could not expect to recoup that cost in any significant way through resale. If you're prepared to take a chance on a used engine at a good price, that may make more sense.
Repowering as you suggest could involve any or all of the following:
Modifying the engine beds (spacing and angles may not match)
Different shaft/strut/prop/coupling etc.
Modifications to the fuel tank and fuel system
And on it goes. 20+ years ago we replaced an Atomic 2 gas engine with a Volvo 2001 series diesel in a then-ten-year-old Ranger 28 - we were able to reuse the shaft but had to seriously modify the beds and fuel system - and as an entirely DIY project it still cost about $4500 1984 dollars - engine and bits only, no labour charges.
So really, unless you're having a great deal of trouble keeping the prop in the water now you might want to reconsider.
I agree the boat would look a lot better without the outboard on the transom, though!
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)