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Refit: Is it really a good idea?

Published on 01 february 2015 at 0h00

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You were perhaps expecting a more ‘sexy’ beginning, but let’s be practical right from the start – if you want to get out of the port, THE ENGINES HAVE TO WORK! And for this, they have to start. Checking that the batteries are in good condition is one of the simplest actions. Whether they charge well when the engine is running is a second important action, especially if you decide to change them.

In any case, to go cruising with maximum serenity, plan on a minimum of a full service: oil change, oil, air diesel filters, impeller, belts. You can already budget for 800 Euros (inc. VAT) per engine. If your machines have run for a lot of hours, you must ideally add to this basic work the replacement of the rubber engine mounts, having the injectors and valves calibrated, and servicing the gearbox, which should lead to an extra cost of around 2,000 Euros (inc.VAT) per engine. With a bill of this size, if other work is to be carried out, it is perhaps best to make a fresh start with a replacement (reconditioned engine for around 5,000 Euros per engine) or a radical exchange for new engines, but the bill will then rise to over 12,000 Euros per engine.

On a second-hand boat, many purchasers are tempted to replace their engines with more powerful models. Even though originally the builders actually offered two engine options, the least powerful can’t be completely unsuitable. In fact, not to state the obvious, but it isn't the engine which propels the boat, but- the ...

This article appeared in issue 140. To read the article in full, buy this issue individually

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