I did an excruciating amount of research
before I replaced my Volvo
MD40A. I very nearly signed an order for a Yanmar
but ultimately chose the Beta Marine
. There were several factors that swayed my decision.
First off, let me mention that I have a lot of experience with diesel
engines. I have a degree in Diesel
Technology and have worked as a heavy equipment mechanic
(mostly agricultural and earth-moving equipment
but I've spent more time than I like to admit working on over-the-road tractor-trucks). I also served time as a service
manager for a truck and tractor dealership.
Back to the Beta Marine
decision: I believe Yanmar
have uniquely identified the marine
market. They build engines that serve the application. The duty cycle that a pleasure marine engine
is subject to is one of very low demand. How many boat owners do you know that run their engines at WOT (Wide Open Throttle) for extended periods of time? How many boat owners do you know that put 2,000 hours on their engine
per year? How many boat owners do you know that regularly have their boat operated by poorly-trained, poorly paid employees? The fact is, most boat owners baby their engines to an extreme.
In the construction industry, for example, it's common for an owner to tell the operator of a piece of heavy equipment to get a job done as fast as possible - regardless of the wear it might put on the equipment. This is often done in hot, dusty conditions and where routine maintenance
is frequently a low priority. Granted, some equipment owners take very good care of their equipment but I've seen millions of dollars worth of equipment be very poorly maintained yet it still seems to operate well. It never ceased to amaze me.
The Beta Marine engine is built on the Kubota tractor engine block. It has an excellent reputation in the agricultural and construction industries for it's reliability
. Whereas my engine has only slightly over 400 hours on it, I have a very high level of confidence in it's ability to give us many hours of trouble-free operation.
Fair winds and calm seas.