You know stationary engines like those that were used in the oil field to run pump jacks, ran for tens of thousands of hours.
But that is not normal sailboat use, like you say we disdain our little Diesles, and most of us look forward to turning the thing off, While I won't say I hate motoring, sailing is much more pleasant.
And it seems most sailors are not motorheads, quite a few cruisers seem to be, and I don't know why that is, but the Professional Captain
I hired to help with my delivery
was I'm sure a stunning sailor, but the first time the thing quit, his answer was to call Sea-Tow. He had no idea where to even begin troubleshooting.
Most sailors seem to only think about their little Diesel when it doesn't, and they call a mechanic then, but PM? Forget about it.
So I'm saying the while Hudson
Force may well still be running the same engine when he finally swallows the anchor
, he's not the common sailboat owner from what I've seen.
Most people don't mow their own grass or change the oil in their own car, have no idea how to maintain them. I have always maintained my own vehicles, whether they fly, roll or float and I can tell you I have honestly never had an engine failure from being worn out, I finally get rid of vehicles when they essentially just fall apart, meaning the interior
, seats etc are just worn out, but the engines and drive lines have always been good. I'm driving a 97 Miata to work now for example, and I'll give it to my kid when we go cruising, it's got at least another ten years in it.
Point is, that most modern engines if properly maintained and serviced will last an extremely long time.
But most aren't properly run, and often are serviced when they break, and last a fraction of what they could.
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