When choosing the engine gearbox
for my steel
Roberts 44 Offshore
I initially considered the Yanmar but eventually went with the John Deere 4045D (75 hp continuous).
I was put off the Yanmar by the requirement that the engine be installed by one of the recognised installers and by concerns about the supply of spare parts
were not generally available for the Ford 2042E/Kanzaki that I threw out.
I just could not find an installer who would commit to installing the Yanmar with the current
shortage of skilled tradespersons in Australia
My limited experience so far has been that John Deere takes their customer support very seriously. They have a world wide network of dealers.
I also went with a continuous rated gearbox
(ZF63) to match the engine.
While I do not think that I will ever run my engine 24/7 the specs say that I could do it with full power if I ever wanted to.
The final bill for the 4045D withZF63 came to about $4k more than the Yanmar.
The Isoflex engine mounts arrived today, together with the rubber exhaust
hose. Sea trials soon...