River Marina, which is run by Charleston County, has the cheapest transient dockage in Charleston. Pierside boatworks is about half a mile up the river from there. They have a pretty good reputation for fairness and allow do-it-yourself work.
River Marina staff can give very good advice about local mechanics and suppliers.
If the engine is an Atomic 4, my guess is it would be more cost effective to repair, rebuild
, or replace than to put in a diesel
. Look for Atomic 4 on Ebay or Craigslist. This guy might be worth contacting also, although I have no experience with him: Moyer Marine Atomic 4 Engine Rebuilding and Parts
One friend found a used Yanmar
diesel with a few hundred hours on it for a 30 foot boat. He put it in himself and had less than $2000 in the project
. He was a very resourceful guy, though.
Another friend recently had his diesel die on a similar sized boat. He mounted an outboard
bracket and used outboard
on the stern to stay in action until he can replace the diesel.
Don't give up. You'll find a way.