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Re: 1300 hrs. on sailboat engine in 23 years??
Dave, that would average out to 56 hours a year. Not knowing anything about how active the boaters were, or the timeshare, or whether they had to motor out from a dock or mooring, it is hard to say. But for a boat on a mooring, used 6? 8? days a month for six months? That's 48 days a year of sailing, and we might run the engine for ten minutes to clear the mooring field, and ten more to return while stowing the sails, 20 minutes on the average day times 48 days, a piddling 16 hours a year, which leaves 40 more hours for "light it, we're out of wind".
So back to the original question, the number of hours might not be out of line at all. Without knowing the details of how that boat was used every year, you're still better off doing the oil analysis and mechanical survey. And of course, sea trial for actual performance.