Hi SQ. Here's the story to date.
I bought two TDME385M. The guy I dealt with (Goby) was very good. Excellent communication. Payment up front required so I asked for a reference and was directed to a large diesel engine
business here in Australia
who buy about 80 engines a month from that factory - not marine engines though, standard disels for pumping. That business gave a glowing reference, so I went ahead and paid. I bought two engines because that was the minimum number they'd sell me. I had a second unpowered hull
so that was fine.
The factory organised shipping
for me at a very good rate. This I welcomed because destination
was the Solomon Islands and would have been a headache for me to work out how get them from Shanghai to Honiara, so another tick.
Engines arrived and I had them shipped right away to an outer named Liapari, location of the yard that would be fitting them for me. I've been busy and in Australia
for the past few months so I haven't been around while the engines were installed, but report from engineer
is that they looked good (like a Masey Fergusson tractor he said) and they are now installed and he hasn't sent me any complaints or issues re the installation
So both engines are now installed in the two boats and ready to run. I'm back in the Solomons at the end of May and will go collect my boats. I'll post my continuing experiences and observations here.
In summary: The purchase
process was good. No complaints. Oposite really. I've give praise.