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I'm not a fan of gasoline engines on boats. Yes, the probability of an accident is low, but it's lower with diesel.

I had a fuel line fail last year that would certainly have led to a fire in a gas engine. Instead I just had a big mess, and a firm appreciation of the shortcuts the previous owner had taken. (re-inspection of the engine resulted in a few other preventative fixes as well.)

But since you have it, and probably don't want to spend $10K repowering it, diligent preventative maintenance is the key. If you have managed to avoid lighting yourself on fire at a gas station your whole life, you have the skills and sense to manage this application too.
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$10K to repower with diesel?

Lots of luck. The engine on a pallet will be all that or more unless it is the smallest available.

Just the incidentals will be a big chunk of that. Fuel tank, fuel lines, fuel filter, new or modified engine beds, maybe shaft, prop.......

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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I have had 2 boats with A4 engines......my current one is in my Irwin 32....It's a gas engine so run your blower for 10 minutes before you start the engine, no different if you had a sedan with twin chevy big blocks. Most important is to install a combination fire/carbon monoxide detector in you cabin or engine compartment (maybe both). The engine is very reliable and will serve you well if you do your research on maintenance procedures (try Youtube, plenty of posts) your best source of information can be found at Moyer Marine. If you own an Atomic 4 that is your starting point!!!!!! There were over 40,000 of these reliable little engines built for marine power and there are still many of them still in use today.....
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I have had 2 boats with A4 engines......my current one is in my Irwin 32....It's a gas engine so run your blower for 10 minutes before you start the engine, no different if you had a sedan with twin chevy big blocks.
Your chevy sedan does not trap fuel leaks or fumes inside it's hull where a myriad of non-ignition protected sources of sparks lie in wait.

The hysterical laughter you hear as you drive a way in your"new" boat ..... is the seller.
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I have had 2 boats with A4 engines......my current one is in my Irwin 32....It's a gas engine so run your blower for 10 minutes before you start the engine, no different if you had a sedan with twin chevy big blocks.
Your chevy sedan does does not trap fuel leaks or fumes inside it's hull where a myriad of non-ignition protected sources of sparks lie in wait.

The hysterical laughter you hear as you drive a way in your"new" boat ..... is the seller.
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Your chevy sedan does does not trap fuel leaks or fumes inside it's hull where a myriad of non-ignition protected sources of sparks lie in wait.
I think he was referring to a twin Chevy sedan power boat. don't know of very many twin big block chevy car sedans
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I think he was referring to a twin Chevy sedan power boat. don't know of very many twin big block chevy car sedans
You're right, my mistake.

The hysterical laughter you hear as you drive a way in your"new" boat ..... is the seller.
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