Buy an hour meter for a couple of dollars on ebay and install it inside the boat, somewhere easy readable. The hour meter on the panel is still working, it is just the LCD display that stops functioning. But the fault is intermittant, sometimes all of a sudden the display is showing the hours, taking into account the run hours since the last readable hours.
I have the same problem and installed a cheap
hours meter at the nav station.
For the feed wire I used an unused wire in the Yanmar
standard cabling harness (water in sail drive).
Hours now run when contact is on and not not when engine
is running. The difference is infinitissimal.
I wired the new hours meter to the battery
to get to an easy conversion with the Yanmar hours.
Let it run for the hours above the one hundreds. Now I just have to add 700 to get to the actual hours.
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