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Old 19-04-2016, 17:18   #1
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Replacement engine

Hi all I am the proud owner of a 1970 Nicholson 32. I have recently had some engine issues with my Buhk DV20. Due to an unfavorable engineers report I am looking into a replacement engine.
One option that has come up is a replacement Buhk DV24. These engines come from India and are being removed from lifeboats due to regulatory updates. Apparently they have between 100 and 250 hours operation.
The engines are apparently in excellent condition and represent a plug and play installation being a modified DV20.

So my question has anyone done this or know anyone that has and if so how did this go was the engine as advertised in Great condition. Can anyone shed light on the condition of these engines.
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Lifeboat engines are typically in great condition, they have a professional staff following a monthly PM schedule that is required to keep their vessels classification. I would not hesitate to purchase one, however I would check availability of spares before buying, or go into it at least knowing what the next surprise may be.


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Another thing to check is if you can import the engine into your country.
I suspect that they are being removed because they do not comply with emissions. Ask all the questions before placing your order.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Smudge.

http://www.tradeboats.com.au/tradeab...engine-review/
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Hi all thanks for the information. I am in the process of talking to the supplier re shipping costs. Which I also will be new to. Thanks Smudge
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Re: Replacement engine

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I suspect that they are being removed because they do not comply with emissions. Ask all the questions before placing your order.
In India?

They still make, sell and use Lister traction engines over there.


More likely it's because of the unavailability of spares, which would be an argument also against the OP's plan.

He could of course buy two or three of them, and use the extras for parts.

Considering what a PITA it usually is to reconfigure engine logs etc. etc. etc. etc. for different machinery, that might actually be worthwhile.

Keeping an engine going, for which you can't buy spares, is a different kind of PITA, however, that one would want to be very well prepared against.

Only the OP can judge which is the lesser of the two PITAs.
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In India?

They still make, sell and use Lister traction engines over there.


More likely it's because of the unavailability of spares, which would be an argument also against the OP's plan.

He could of course buy two or three of them, and use the extras for parts.

Considering what a PITA it usually is to reconfigure engine logs etc. etc. etc. etc. for different machinery, that might actually be worthwhile.

Keeping an engine going, for which you can't buy spares, is a different kind of PITA, however, that one would want to be very well prepared against.

Only the OP can judge which is the lesser of the two PITAs.
If it is cheap, and shipping isn't a dealbreaker, maybe it is worth taking a chance. Lifeboat engines get serviced MUCH more often and rigorously than the typical sailboat engine, and they generally have very little actual use.

Me, of course, I would go electric. But that's just me.
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One plus for the lifeboat engines is that they often run keel cooling so no salt water issues. Saying that, Having had a Bukh die on me, the parts are expensive. And they are one hell of a lump of an engine for a small boat. I lile the idea of a small light modern engine.

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Knowing India, my guess is the lifeboat engines are from scrapped ships and may have sat for some time.
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