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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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IMHO there's hours and hours. There's hours put on by a diligent owner who never let the engine overheat, changed the oil and filters, and took good care of things. Then there are hours put on by owners who ran it hard, overheated, never changed fluids, etc.

For me, yes, I'd rather have a working tach with a number I believe in, but characterizing the seller's diligence in maintenance is the most important factor when deciding to sign. If the seller is in the diligent category, chances are pretty good the tach hasn't been tampered with. And if there's no tach, unless the owner can show me a very complete log or some other system they are using, how did they know when it's time for an oil change?

Yea, so as a buyer, I have spend almost as much time surveying the previous owner as the boat;) Usually, the overall condition of things behind floor panels and other out of sight locations tells the story right away.

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