What really swung me to the John Deere was that the technical rep. answered all my questions in a friendly and helpful way.
My first choice would have been Yanmar, but they would only supply engines to be installed by their own installers and there were none available in Sydney
at that time (Height of the boom).
I did have a slight hicup in the process, my rep. was off at a conference or something so I rang the company in Brissie, the receptionist put me through to a senior manager and he sorted it all out quick smart. There might even have been some bruised body parts involved. Very impressive.
But it's knowing that no matter what goes wrong there is going to be someone who will sort out the problem. It's a nice feeling.
I'd have to go with the suggestion that if money
is an issue then an overhaul
may be the way to go. The engine has to come out and go somewhere. Why not arrange for it to go to a reconditioning place. Ask if they can take the engine apart and give you a report. If it's past repair then they may agree to keep the engine for parts for no further cost. It's going to be hard to sell an old, obscure engine in poor condition.
If your injectors and injector pump
are OK then the cost may not be that bad. Modifying your boat for a new engine is not going to be cheap
and new systems may be needed. Four grand for an install of a new engine sounds a bit on the low side. The rule
of thumb is that the installation
price is about the same as the engine price.
I would have to suggest having the starter rebuilt as well if you go that way, as well as getting a new lift
pump. Do check your engine mounts when the engine is out. It would also be a good time to totally clean under the engine, and to give the area a few coats of suitable paint