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I sail pretty much every weekend, at least 35 sails a year. I hate using the motor and use it only when necessary. Most of the time I sail off my mooring and use the motor to return to mooring.
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Re: 1300 hrs. on sailboat engine in 23 years??

That sounds withing my ranges. I have a 1990 boat right now with only 2700 hours on the diesel.

But, I had a Cape Dory 25D with an inboard diesel, and it was so easy to sail in and out of the slip that after three years of a lot of use, I bet I didn't have 50 hours on that engine. Lot of days I would take it in and out, and never crank the engine once.

As a rental boat, I would expect a little more usage when it was actually being sailed, but how often was it actually rented? And, if you knew that, then you would know for sure it the hours were closer to accurate.
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Re: 1300 hrs. on sailboat engine in 23 years??

My 23 yr. old boat has a Yanmar 3GM30F with about 1100 hrs and has never been chartered/ timeshared. The OP's boat of interest apparently was in a timeshare--not charter service--and has a reasonably low number of hours.

If that boat were in an active charter operation, it would likely be pretty worn out. Some of the boats I've chartered in the Caribbean showed 400 hrs/yr on the engines. I doubt you'd see that time in other venues.

You should expect to run a diesel easily past 6000 hours if it has been properly maintained.
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Re: 1300 hrs. on sailboat engine in 23 years??

I sail 35-45 days a year (wish it was more), and average 30hours a year on the engine; so I would say plausible. A lot depends on the skipper, and where/how the boat is sailed. I basically use the motor to get in and out of the slip, and only when I am becalmed and need to get somewhere do I motor. Equally I know people who use their boat as a mobile home, rarely setting the sails....
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Re: 1300 hrs. on sailboat engine in 23 years??

My 1990 CS had less than 600 hours on it when I purchased it 4 years ago. It was in fresh water most of it's life and the motor looks like new. FWIW
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Re: 1300 hrs. on sailboat engine in 23 years??

The hour count doesn't matters nearly as much as how the engine was used during those hours.
For example, a boat run for 1 hour with no coolant will be in much worse shape than a well maintained 2500 hour engine.
What does matter is that it is a new unknown engine to you. as such, a mechanical survey is money well spent. A wet and dry compression test and general look-see of the hoses, lines, wiring, belts, mounts, valve train, oil condition, and a run under load will tel you a lot more than the hour meter and will be money well spent.
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Re: 1300 hrs. on sailboat engine in 23 years??

Average boat use in the US is 8 hours a year. Of course that includes all the twelve foot fishin' boats corroding in back yards buried under six feet of leaves.
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Re: 1300 hrs. on sailboat engine in 23 years??

My 1987 Yanmar 44 has 611 hours on it.
In 2004 per the previous owners purchase survey it had 387.

The boat has no fuel gauge, so you have to estimate reserve based on engine run time.

The back of my hour meter (which is original to the boat) has absolutely no tool markings or signs of being tampered with.
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Re: 1300 hrs. on sailboat engine in 23 years??

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....The boat has no fuel gauge, so you have to estimate reserve based on engine run time.....
Everyone should track their hours. Fuel gauges are notoriously wrong.
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Re: 1300 hrs. on sailboat engine in 23 years??

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My 1987 Yanmar 44 has 611 hours on it.
In 2004 per the previous owners purchase survey it had 387.

The boat has no fuel gauge, so you have to estimate reserve based on engine run time.

The back of my hour meter (which is original to the boat) has absolutely no tool markings or signs of being tampered with.
No tool marks, but what about the hand written sign saying "Not again"
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