We are looking at repowers in the 38-45 HP range and finding that many now don't have anything that can be sold in the US.
Engines that are not Tier 4 are 15-35% less in price
, and many use the same base engines, so it does not make a lot of sense.
When talking about the difference between 9K and 12K, that is a big difference and 3K is a month or two out of the cruising kitty.
From what I am finding, Nanni (Kubota) and Sole (Mitsubishi) can't be sold in the US. But Beta (Kubota) and Westerbeke
(Mitsubishi) can at a much higher price
are not super competetive and neither show V-Drive as options and both kill you on parts
down the line.
One option is to wait to replace the engine
until starting cruising in the Bahamas
, but that scares me a little.
Anyone with recent experience or dealers, would love to hear an opinion. I am leaning towards Beta, but is it really worth 3 grand over the Nanni on the same block?