Vetus M309 Questions... - SailNet Community
  • 1 Post By christian.hess
  • 1 Post By jameswilson29
  • 1 Post By rbrasi
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 06-24-2014 Thread Starter
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: St. Pete Beach, FL
Posts: 124
Thanks: 4
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 6
Vetus M309 Questions...

This a copy/repost of my post today to the Diesel subforum, as I noticed that the subforum post did not show up in the Gear forum or on the homepage. Reposting here to get wider coverage and so as much chance of informed response as is possible.

Vetus M.3.09 Questions -

Looking at buying some classic plastic that was re-powered by a PO with a Vetus diesel; the seller has forwarded me pix of the mfr's plate from the engine, but it is written in German (I think).

Questions based on what I have been able to find out so far:

Is M.3.09 a 3 cylinder engine from 2006 or thereabouts? (It's not referenced in the 2014 catalog.)

Were these used or recommended to replace the Atomic 4s?

The Vetus plate doesn't indicate HP, but it does say "HK 25" and "KW 18.4" - does this indicate max engine power of roughly 25 HP?

Are the Vetus diesels marinized Mitsubishi engines (as I have read)? Or are they made by Deutz (sp)? from, I think, Holland (as I have also read)?

Are they generally reliable, and can you easily get parts and service in Florida and elsewhere in the US?

How does Vetus info engine plate translate into English?

Many TIA

Joe in SPB
Looking for a shoal draft pocket cruiser
joebeach is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 Old 06-25-2014
Senior Member
christian.hess's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Columbus, Ga
Posts: 4,589
Thanks: 189
Thanked 190 Times in 185 Posts
Rep Power: 4
Re: Vetus M309 Questions...

no answers huh?

not too popular stateside yet.

they are very good engines, most use a mitsubishi block

I cruised on a boat with a 3 cylinder one and it was one of the best engines I have ever had the pleasure to "work" on

basically dead reliable

not too long ago here was a thread by jameswilson on his rebuilt vetus engine so I would check that out on the deisel threads

18.4kw is fine for a 3 cylinder...
Faster likes this.

Merit 25 sold...Islander 36 still afloat? who knows...Im still in Columbus, and back...I think...jajajaja!!!!
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
christian.hess is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 4 Old 06-25-2014
Senior Smart Aleck
jameswilson29's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Posts: 2,152
Thanks: 34
Thanked 70 Times in 65 Posts
Rep Power: 8
Re: Vetus M309 Questions...

The owner's manuals are all online. Put Vetus m3.09 in google...

So far, mine has been a great engine. It is a Mitusbishi block marinized by Dutch Vetus. You should be able to find a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Service Manual, for more detailed work. You can find parts online and West Marine is an authorized dealer of parts.
christian.hess likes this.
jameswilson29 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 4 Old 06-25-2014
Senior Member
rbrasi's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Henderson, NV
Posts: 658
Thanks: 10
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Rep Power: 7
Re: Vetus M309 Questions...

Hey, Joe. I have a Vetus 3.10, which is very similar to the 3.09. In my case, yes, it did replace an Atomic. It is a three cylinder 25 HP engine. Parts are not impossible to come by, but often they take time to ship from the factory in Holland. Yes, it is a marinized Mitsubishi. I have a dealer here in California, so you should go to the Maryland office for info. Here is the contact:

Christopher T Deboy -

He has always been very helpful with any info needed.

The Vetus has been rock solid since I bought the boat three years ago.
christian.hess likes this.

1968 Cal 2-30
Sandpiper 2

Last edited by rbrasi; 06-25-2014 at 07:18 PM.
rbrasi is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Vetus M.3.09 Question joebeach Diesel 0 06-24-2014 04:23 PM
My Vetus M3.10 at idle jameswilson29 Diesel 6 04-06-2013 11:14 AM
Vetus M4.17 42 HP 76Trombones Diesel 3 06-07-2012 12:28 AM
Vetus 22hp veprjack Diesel 2 07-28-2011 06:37 AM
Vetus Diesels?? jemsea Boat Review and Purchase Forum 2 06-27-2005 05:03 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome