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Moving up from a Catalina 22, I had my heart set on a bigger boat with a steering wheel and a diesel engine. But the Sabre has an Atomic 4. Which would you prefer on a 28' boat at 7300 displacement; 30 hpAtomic 4 or Yanmar 16 hp diesel?

And whats the difference in fuel efficiency and range?

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If you're coastal cruising, the fact that it has an Atomic4 shouldn't be an issue, especially if it has been well maintained. The fuel efficiency shouldn't matter if you're prone to sailing more than motoring...
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The 16hp diesel will burn about 1/4 gallon/hour at cruising speed. The A4 will probably be upwards of 1 gph. Range will = [(fuel tank size)/(GPH) x cruising speed].

I'd much prefer a diesel. But if you got the boat with an A4 at a really good deal, you could re-power down the road. Something to look forward to?
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