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Is there somebody outthere with experience about marinised VW 1900 diesels out of rabbits, golfs ect? Marinising kits are available, but I''d like to know about them before going into one
 

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I have a 48hp marinized VW diesel engine in my Fast (Nicholson) 345. I have been very happy with the engine. You might want to talk to the experts, however, at Pathfinder Marine Diesel. Good luck.
 

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Thanks for your response. Is it possible to purchase a VW marinising kit in the USA?.. As far as I know, they are available in Europe, but don''t know who sells them here.
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Hello hamiam
I just picked up a 1500 cc VW diesel from a VW Dasher. I need to find a way to communicate with the guys at pathfinder Marine. I tried locating them in the net, but my efforts did not pay. Can you provide an internet address or telephone # where I can get in touch with them?
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The last thing that I heard, Pathfinder was no longer in business. Beyond that the Pathfinder diesels had a terrible reliability reputation, The parts were expensive and not too easy to obtain.
 

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I guess I got that one wrong. I raced on a boat probably about three years back on which the engine was not running and the owner said that he had a Pathfinder diesel and had problems getting parts since in his words "Pathfinder was out of business." I am glad to hear otherwise.
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Came across this story . . .pmiripoff.blogspot.com - Pathfinder Marine Inc. sells junk!. These guys sound like a real piece of work. I'll be sure to stay away from Pathfinder at all costs!!!
 

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bobbarn, I notice you just joined and made two similar comments in two forums here about Pathfinder referencing that web site. Sorta looks like you have more than just a passing interest in the negative side of Pathfinder. Do you have a dog in that fight?
 

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Mr Barn,
Anyone who comes along and in their first few posts makes it obvious that they are a one topic wonder arouses suspicion.
To any of you reading this , and I sure most of you know what is coming cos you are not dumb bunnies, should recognise that BOBBARN has an axe that he is intent on grinding.
Everyone needs to make an educated assessment of any product and service they are contemplating buying or using. Simply because someone out there has had a bad experience does not necessary mean the provider is the devil incarnate.
bobbarn...we would like some clarification from you re your position in this business. Failure to do so may well see your posts deleted.
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ps - the second thread you started has already been deleted. Repetition is boring.
 

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Thanks Fuzzy. ;)
 

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I have had occasion to deal with Pathfinder Marine in the past - my last two boats have had VW Rabbit diesel marine conversions - and though sometimes difficult to get a hold of, they are very knowledgable, helpful and service was very good ( had parts Montreal to Vancouver in 2 days ).

Don't know (or care, really) what bobbarn's beef is, but as usual there's another side to the story. Oh - and btw.. these are great engines, inexpensive parts, smooth running, plenty of power if a tad noisy.
 

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Fair

All fair feedback on the posting . . .was simply relaying something I had come across that I found interesting. Much like most of the "links" folks post of forums, etc. it's an individuals choice on how to use that information.

I've been helped by many things folks posted in the past. You are welcome to haze me but at the end of the day if helping get the word out about a bad incident helps even one person - I'm fine with the hazing.

Happy and safe boating,
Bob Barn
 

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Bob, what the "hazing" is about is not you reporting a bad incident or experience--happens all the time on Sailnet and is useful, as is reporting good experiences.

But they way you jumped in for the first time with two threads on that incident, suggests that you didn't just happen upon it, but were a part of it, or have an axe to grind from something previous. You haven't answered that question, so I'll put it to you directly: do you have any connection at all to the incident, company, or persons in question?
 
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