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Part of the answer lies in where will you be taking your boat. If you're not going to be leaving civilized areas, particularly the USA, then the Beta Marine engines make a lot of sense, since they are really designed to be simple to maintain in my experience. Everything is easily accessed, and you don't have to rip the waterpump off the engine to change out the impeller.
However, if you're planning on setting off for parts remote, like the Southern Pacific islands, then I would recommend you go with Yanmar. Yanmar has one of the largest dealer networks out of all the marine diesel companies, and parts availability is quite good from what I understand.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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