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Tough choices

June 8 2012 at 2:12 PM
Will  (Login Hangingfor8)

Response to Heidi and Paul are running a diesel powered 31 Commander in the North Atlantic now

The idea of repowering is something I've wanted to do for some time. My current engines are fine, but they are raw water cooled and I know the saltwater is slowly killing them and it's just a matter of time before one dies. I will go with freshwater cooled in whatever I get. This is a really tough choice for me for a number of reasons. Gas engines are easy. I can work on them and to have a 350 or 454 rebuilt is nothing. My cousin owns the local engine shop and part of taking him fishing is he will do the major things for the cost of parts. But, gas engines aren't the best on fuel. The diesels will be much better on fuel, but the repairs can be brutal and the cost of actually putting them in can be 4 to 8 times that of a gas repower. At first I thought the 5.9 cummins wouldn't fit, but Ive heard they will. I think 330hp cummins would be wonderful in my boat, but then I have to change running gear as well. I guess its just a matter of adding up all the pluses and minuses. As normal I'm sure I'm over thinking all of this. Most likely I'll just keep stock piling info and saving money for the day one of the 350's die and go from there. Thanks for all the great links Paul. I hope you enjoy your weekend.

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