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Re: Which engines would you think twice about
To me, the key to an affordable, easy-to-maintain engine is going with something that is still in production.
My boat came with a Westerbeke 10-Two. It hadn't been made since 1987. A new starter was listing for $1000. A head gasket was $350. A rebuild kit was going to be around $4000.
I found a salvage Beta Marine with a Kubota Z482 block, which is still in production. I spent $2k on a new long block and swapped over the marinized parts. Starters are now $80. Complete gasket sets are $50.
Always go with something that is still being manufactured. Even if you have to spend a little more to re-power, you're going to save in the long run.