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Which engines would you think twice about

Some engines are hard to find parts for. If your buying a boat which engines would make you feel pretty good vs which ones would you be afraid of in reference to finding parts.

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Universal
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Atomic 4 but expect to pay 5,000 less for boat as the market has discounted it.


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Any raw water cooled
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Add Volvo to the list of hard to find parts for and very expensive if they exist.

Add Beta (marinized Kubota) to the easy list.
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Re: Which engines would you think twice about

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Renault
BMW
In other words, most of the original engines in 70s Hunters. They did some weird stuff.

I am currently tempted by a a Lloyds Mariner 20 hp engine that is available locally. small, light, simple, but I don't know much about them, so I am hesitant to pull the trigger.

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where does westerbeke fall on the list
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Re: Which engines would you think twice about

After owning a Nanni for the past 10 months I have had enough! I am going to re-power with a yanmar when we get hauled out on the 22nd (we found a god price at the miami boat show :-). We have had an issue with the heat exchanger for some time now and the Nanni rep was less than helpful with locating the parts we needed. His exact words were "Your engine is an older model so we don't carry parts for it. You should consider re-powering with one of our newer models." This was after we finally got him on the phone a month and a half after we had first contacted him! Never again would I even consider owning a Nanni! Overly complex pice of $&#@!
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I say let's put a Lister in her and see how she does.

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After owning a Nanni for the past 10 months I have had enough! I am going to re-power with a yanmar .....
Assuming this was a new-to-you boat 10 months ago - and not a repower in itself?

Anyhow I'm sure I'll be in a minority here, but the various VW marinizations (primarily based on the Rabbit Diesel, and now Jetta) use all the usual marinization parts (Jabsco, Bowman, Hurth/Z), and actual engine parts are pretty much available just about anywhere world wide.

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For toughness, easy to work on and parts availability world wide I like the Isuzu.
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Assuming this was a new-to-you boat 10 months ago - and not a repower in itself?
Yes, we bought the boat 10 months ago. Our Nanni is a marinized Mercedes 616 engine (easy to find parts), however the heat exchanger etc are not the usual off the shelf stuff and are all really large and complex castings (impossible to find parts).

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Anyhow I'm sure I'll be in a minority here, but the various VW marinizations (primarily based on the Rabbit Diesel, and now Jetta) use all the usual marinization parts (Jabsco, Bowman, Hurth/Z), and actual engine parts are pretty much available just about anywhere world wide.
You're not alone. We have a Pathfinder 50 in our boat that's 30 years old, and it runs very good. While I entertained the idea of a re-power, we haven't had any serious problems with this engine. Parts are not hard to find, but some mechanics don't know the engine that well.
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