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Old 20-01-2013, 17:01   #1
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Repower Columbia C-45

We want to repower in 2 to 4 years. Like to get opinions on all electric vs hybrid vs diesel. We currently have the original Perkins 4-236.
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Old 20-01-2013, 20:48   #2
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I can't tell ya a thing about electric drive, but I can tell ya to get all the horsepower ya can fit both in the engine room and in your bank account !! Of the 3 of these I have sailed, 1 was the 4-236. one of the others had a 75 hp Nissan, and the other had 80 hp lehman. It sure made handeling those big heavy buggers a bunch easier with the larger HP engines!! just my 2 cents, and just a thought
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Re: Repower Columbia C-45

Rebuild the Perkins if parts aren't a problem. It will be way cheaper than than doing an engine change or other type of propulsion. If you want to be able to power only short distances and complicate your life, go electric.
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Re: Repower Columbia C-45

Too much boat for electric. Stick with diesel and rebuild or replace. Check into the yahoo Columbia Group. We have an electric motor conversion company owner on the list. I think he'll agree.
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I can't tell ya a thing about electric drive, but I can tell ya to get all the horsepower ya can fit both in the engine room and in your bank account !! Of the 3 of these I have sailed, 1 was the 4-236. one of the others had a 75 hp Nissan, and the other had 80 hp lehman. It sure made handeling those big heavy buggers a bunch easier with the larger HP engines!! just my 2 cents, and just a thought
She runs really well with the Perkins 4-236. I knew she was slow but we are retired and not in a hurry. We want to consider all options including an in boat rebuild or a remanufactured like this. http://www.tadiesels.com/perkins-4236.html

I only wanted to find out what peoples opinions on diesel, hybrid, or electric are. That is the reason for this to get input on the different propulsion units.
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Rebuild the Perkins if parts aren't a problem. It will be way cheaper than than doing an engine change or other type of propulsion. If you want to be able to power only short distances and complicate your life, go electric.
Possibly the best diesel ever made. parts are everywhere as they were used in forklifts etc a lot too. Rebuild it.
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