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How much should a re-engine cost??

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I have a quote from a boat yard on a new Yanmar 3JH4 with V-Drive and was wondering if anyone has had a boat yard pull your old engine and install a new one. Round about figures would be appreciated of what folks have spent.
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It all depends on the boat - labor makes up a big part of it and some boats are easier than others. On mine, the Westerbeke 30b drops into the center cockpit locker - prob take 6-8 hours total.
Folks, include boat type, estimated and actual costs to make it real.

My dock mate put a Yanmar 18hp in his Hunter 28.5, estimate was 4,500 US, actual was 4150, in 2004. Reduction in cost based on me helping for 8 hours.
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If the yard is doing all the work, figure labor at about equal to the cost of the bare engine. Don't know the specifics of that Yanmar, but I am guessing $8000 to $10000 for the engine, so I would estimate $16,000 to $20,000 for the entire job. Labor rates vary quite a bit around the country, so you could be above or below my very rough estimates. If you can remove the old engine and/or do some of the system hookup of the new one yourself, you can save a lot of money.
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$5k assuming you put the same model engine in. This figure included new mounts, hoses, insulation, muffler, etc.
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a lot of it depends on what it takes to get the old engine out and the new one in. It almost seems that some boats were completed after the engine was installed a removing it involes a lot of disassembly/cutting. I think the $20k estimate is realistic for those scenarios.
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SF's point about mounts, hoses, insulation, etc.. is a very good one. If the new engine is the same as the old one, the costs should be a good deal lower, since you don't have to do any modifications to the engine bed, or spend time installing new motor mounts and such.

However, as the others have pointed out... the exact make and model of boat will have a lot to do with the cost of the installation. Some boats are far easier to work on than others... and have lower costs to do a re-power.

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$16-20K? Does that include the engine itself?
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Dave,
I would guess $10k for the engine and the rest for installation.
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Wow!!! Here's hoping I don't ever have to go down that road. I think I'll elevate PM on my priority list!

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Dave,
I once considered buying a Bristol 41 that needed a new engine. I got that estimate as part of the negotiation but ultimately did not buy the boat. The cockpit floor would have had to be cut out the remove the old clunker. Not something I would want to get into. PM is definitely the way to go.
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