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Just got the results from a mechanical survey, and it looks like the saildrive is very slowly leaking water into the engine. The oil isn't grey or slug.......yet.

Boat is a 1979 Hughes 35, $19 900 CAN. The rest of the survey turned up nothing major, but I'm concerned about the engine costs. The price is about $10 000 under what i was looking to spend, and this boat has actually dropped $8000 in price in the last month. A new engine of the same size (27hp) will cost around $8000 when replaced, but it runs fine and i should get some time with it, but then again i guess it could go anytime.

I always planned on replacing the engine a few years after buying a boat because i knew for this price the chances are the engine is near the end of it life.

So should this be the deal killer? Or since the price is so low should i go ahead and then maybe get myself a brand spankin new engine and enjoy the reliability of it?
 

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The cost of a repower involves some labor too, unless you're going to do it yourself. I have an old Volvo motor in my boat. Runs fine, but I'm replacing it before we shove off.
 

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Can't you just replace the saildrive itself? Or even get it repaired, plus any glands or other rot-prone pieces while you're at it.

It's certainly a further bargaining chip and you should buy your surveyor a pint.

Volvos are good engines with horrendous prices for spares...my only objection to them.
 

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So should this be the deal killer? Or since the price is so low should i go ahead and then maybe get myself a brand spankin new engine and enjoy the reliability of it?
Investigate how much it would cost you to do what Valiente suggested, and then compare that to the price of a new saildrive from Yamaha or someone else.

I have a Volvo engine that runs beautifully but the cost of parts is unbelievable...so if you are going to have to fix the Volvo frequently it could easily cost you as much as the new engine over the next few years.
 

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Its turns out that water isn't getting into the engine after all. Water is getting into the saildrive and thus into the transmission. He said he's not that concerned about the leak, but he is slightly concerned about the age and compression of the engine. It was so-called rebuilt in 2003, i figured compression would be decent, but who knows.

Some relief for sure, I guess what can i expect for a $20 000, 35ft boat, that is structurally sound.
 

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Its turns out that water isn't getting into the engine after all. Water is getting into the saildrive and thus into the transmission. He said he's not that concerned about the leak[/QUOTE


That is a BIG issue as at that age the sealing areas on the shafts tend to get groved making resealing the drive a replacing high cost shafts deal :eek:
 
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