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Re: Rust on Engine - how bad is it?
The good news is a lot of what I see is just peeling paint and not from rusting metal, like the hoses and heat exchanger. The ends of heat exchangers often look like that, it's just the nature of the beast.
As mentioned the motor mount is a definite problem and looks as though water has been getting on it regularly and for a long time. However, if that is what it's like where you can easily maintain the engine, imagine what it's like underneath where you can't.
The most worrisome thing to me is why the paint peeled. All the rust I see appears to be after the paint peeled and most of the peeling paint (hoses, heat exchanger and even block) could have done so from excessive heat. I'm guessing this engine got really really hot.
If all else about the boat seems acceptable to you, get 15k off the asking for a new engine and go for it, if you are willing to go through a repower. If not, there are plenty of boats on the sea for sale.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
ďBelieve me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.Ē ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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