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Engine hour meter - how important for resale and options

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Yanmar 29 3YM 2006. Engine control panel hour-meter stopped working (known problem with these). Otherwise control panel functioning. Replacement quoted at $1500 ($CDN). Considering selling boat to upsize in next 1-2 years.


1. How important is knowing true number for engine hours when selling (it was somewhat important for me when buying)? engine in great condition, my best estimate of actual engine hours is around 6-800.

2. Do you think new engine control panel will show engine hours from beginning or will it restart at 0 hours? i.e., is the engine hour recording in the panel itself or on the engine? If its just going to restart at 0, no real point in replacing it.

3. Are there any other options?

as always, thanks much in advance!
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The issue of a working hours meter as a sales plus is well-covered above. I replaced my Yanmar hours meter with a (mechanical) one, in order to keep my own log accurate, and know where I was in the life of various parts of the system (e.g., impeller, mix elbow). In order to roll the hours meter up to the estimated engine use (the sailboat was purchased new), I hooked the meter up to a 12v power source and left it there for multiple weeks until I got to the figure I wanted. Then I installed it.
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