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Gasoline engines, in good shape and properly maintained are perfectly good engines for a boat. While a diesel may add to the re-sale value of a boat, all other things being the same, if the boat you're looking at has an Atomic4 in good shape, it shouldn't be a reason for you to reject the boat.
The points about diesels being heavier, noisier, and more fuel efficient than gasoline engines are all valid. If you're just going out weekending or on short coastal cruises, an Atomic A4 would be fine. If you're crossing oceans and going long-term cruising, a diesel would probably be a beter idea.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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