Originally Posted by Silver_Surfer
Hello all, looking for anybody who sat there and figured out how much to spend on older engine or bite the bullet and go for a new engine. This is a purchase
and engine survey
says about 4k in parts alone plus labor 1500+ on a VP 2003. Looking at misc stuff like injectors and maybe valve adjustment (another 1-2k). Note: verified Homs meter at 700hrs. Boat sat for a few years with virtually no maintenance heavy corrosion
system D1-30 new 10.5k plus install another easy 5k. I'm looking at having a running older engine costing upwards of 8k and having the problem of finding parts for this vintage or having a 15-20k bill but in a position to get parts for at least a few years without resorting to ebay and blogs to find a heat exchanger
Sorry long winded but looking for some "been there done this" advice Thanks
I have done both. On my last boat I paid a authorized Universal Diesel service
center to completely rebuild
and replace the transmission
on a 10 year old Universal M-18 with 72 hours. Before I bought the boat it sat for many years without use. It ended up costing me $5k back in 2000. When I sold the boat eight or nine years later the motor
failed the compression
test and I had to reduce the price
by $6k. After that experience I don't believe I would ever rebuild
again, but was tempted when I bought the new boat.
boat had a Volvo MD-21, but was motorless when purchased. I toyed with the idea of buying
a rebuilt MD-21 and saving some money
, but thought about my last boat. We went with a new Beta 60 and could not be happier. In my mind, nothing beats new.
Also my dad had the Volvo 2003 rebuilt in his Wauquiez. In the end with all of the bits and pieces the final cost from the Volvo authorized dealer was around $10k. I believe the rebuild was estimated to cost around $6k. Now, a few years later the rebuild has a few hundred hours on it and runs fine. He has had a few problems and although the motor had a one year warranty, he had to pay a travel fee to get the work performed on one occasion. In the end he could have gone for a new Beta 25 with a new saildrive
for less, and wishes he did.
I will also add that with both of my boat's installs the labor was done by us. The M-18 was easy with two people, a dock
cart and a hatchback to move it to and from the service
center. The Beta required a fiberglass
guy to rebuild the completely trashed saildrive bed
and a crane to install the motor. Then we just added fuel
, electricity, and fluids. The saildrive bed
would have had to have been rebuilt regardless of whether the motor was new or not. I am so happy that we bit the bullet and went new.