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Re: Installing new engine
...The alternator belt on my boat is well beyond its 10th year, the impeller 25 years, the engine hoses 30+ years......
My grandmother smoked every day and died at the age of 94, from natural causes. That doesn't make smoking a recommended practice.
I implore the OP to do their own research and see what the proper advice is. A 25 year old impeller is as edge case as I've ever heard.
Hose and belts typically last longer than their shelf life. The question is whether you want to determine their durability underway, or follow best practices and avoid being stranded or causing collateral damage.
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In the harsh marine environment, something is always in need of repair. Margaritas fix everything.