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dennisc 04-07-2013 03:47 PM

8 hp yanmar

I need so advice. I am looking at a catalina 27 with 7000 displacement. It has a 1cyl, 8 hp yanmar. I sail in florida gulf waters and sarasota bay. Will this be too underpowered for the boat. Any have any exp. with these.


Lake Superior Sailor 04-07-2013 05:35 PM

Re: 8 hp yanmar
Got one and I like it ,runs cheap and pushes the Cal to hull speed!.....Sounds funny though......Dale

AirborneSF 04-07-2013 05:46 PM

Re: 8 hp yanmar
You ain't going to ski behind it I can tell ya. I haven't had any trouble with mine, but as stated, sounds kinda like a 'pile driver', at slow speed, not that it has a fast speed! I ran it for 8hrs moving the boat when I first got her, and I don't think we used 2gal's of fuel.:D

bljones 04-07-2013 05:58 PM

Re: 8 hp yanmar
It is on the edge of being underpowered, but in most conditions will push her along at hull speed. She's gonna be bogging in short chop, though... but, probably no worse than if you slapped a 9.9 OB on her transom. More important than the power of the engine, is the size and pitch of the prop. the right prop can make a big difference.

34crealock 04-09-2013 07:53 PM

Re: 8 hp yanmar
I had one in a C&C 26 which would drive it at hull speed no wind waves but into a 20 kt wind it was rather limited. It was very stingy on fuel and very reliable.:)

Bacchus258 04-10-2013 07:17 AM

My Watkins 27 displaces 7500 lbs. and my 8hp Yanmar YSM8G has plenty of power. I am told that it is a very reliable engine as well and it does sip diesel as others have posted.

dennisc 04-10-2013 03:45 PM

Re: 8 hp yanmar
thank you all for your posts - I will probably buy the boat assuming survey is OK>


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