Originally Posted by stevensc
"Pascoe says 1500 hours is all you can hope for between overhauls."
Ridiculous! An overhaul
is expensive, if this were so how many boats would be built with diesel engines? Walk around a few docks, ask some owners questions. Better yet look at this site, www.boatdiesel.com
You can read posts there for nothing if you want toask a question on line you will have to register $25.00 per year if you have doubts about diesel engines it would be a good investment.
Back to diesel overhauls I would say the 5k-10k hours mentioned in two previous posts are much more realistic, for a reasonably operated, sized, and maintained diesel boat engine.
here is another opinion
"Diesel engines are built to finer tolerances than are gasoline engines. They will accept much more abuse and often deliver, if well maintained, 8,000 hours of hard work before need a major overhaul.
He is wrong. I learned when a kid that if you take an engine apart blueprint balance it yourself you can create an engine that will run forever. I say that because the couple of engines i did myself I worked untill they were perfectly balanced. Then after breakin i used a full synthetic motor
oil at that time it was mobil 1 and both engines out lived the cars they were in one wore out two trucks and i still used for pumping water
as far as I know at Martks farm in California
. The new turbo engines are made to tighter tolerences and better balanced and I'll bet with out the turbo those engines would just keep on ticking