Having a Yanmar
aboard installed in 1990 (4JH 2DTE - 88 HP - turbo) with an approximate 6000 hours of use, this brand will definitely be the next one's choice as well.
Not only the engine is 100% trouble free, easy maintenance
, but start immediately as soon as the key is turned...as its very first day !
The only main incident we had in 8 years is related here:
Yanmar Motors - How Many Hours?
As you'll see, it is not due to a Yanmar
Moreover, we experienced recently some clogging in the separator filter (pardon my poor english
vocabulary...we are talking about the very first filter installed on the fuel
line that sort the water
and the coarse deposits from the fuel) and engine stops.
That was my fault as I pourred 3 times more "fuel and bacteria cleaning
product" in the tank than necessary...and it worked well, too well as all the mud from the tank clogged the filter!!).
Anyway, after we cleant the filter, we started the engine without the need to purge the fuel supply line at all !!!
So, this engine is able to start again on its own (I mean without specific air purging) after such incident, which is a great advantage and comfort.
Another point in favor of Yanmar is that on the local forums
, most of the engine trouble posts are about other brands (The 2 most famous in Europe
for leisure boat actually) and nearly never about Yanmar...
Last but not least, professionals in my country are always greeting Yanmar in the fishing
and harbour activities and equipped with this brand most of the time with the same feedback from the users: reliable, trouble-free...
A recent feature that Yanmar has implemented on the engines is the "built-in" power plant for electrical
power supply, inserted in-between the engine block and the transmision, providing alternative (and may be continuous, to be confirmed) current
This seems to be a step ahead for on board power generation in a compact design.
So, for all of this we strongly recommand Yanmar, although other brands may be good as well of course.