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Old 15-07-2011, 15:09   #1
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Experience Concerning Small (10-14hp) Saildrive Engine Needed


to replace the old 9.9hp outboard on my trimaran I am looking for a relative lightweight, very reliable and uncomplicated saildrive inboard engine.

Background is, that the outboard is to exposed and tends to exit the water in slightly rougher conditions. Additionally, I do not like the moment which is created by the heavy outboard on the beam.

You can see the current bracket here:

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It is important to me that the new engine has an indirect cooling circuit (=freshwater via heat exchanger) and that it does preferably have no complicated electronics. The farm mechanic in Timbuktu (or wherever...) should be able to fix it.
I am looking for a saildrive engine with 10-14hp.

So far I have found:
  • Allpa Sole Mini 11
  • Yanmar 2YM15C
  • Nanni N2.10
  • Bukh DV10LSME
  • Lombardini LDW 502 SD
  • Vetus M2.C5
  • Volvo Penta MD2010S
  • Volvo Penta D1-13 130S
  • Clouds International 330.MK2
  • BetaMarine BZ 482 SD

What are your experiences concerning the following:
  • Robustness/Simplicity/ReliablilityRobustheit
  • Price vs. Qualiy
  • Any thoughts on what definetly not to buy?
  • Any suggestions how many running hours a used engine should have the most if I would like to get another few (10?) years service out of it? I'll buy from a dealer.
  • What does one have to lookout for on a used saildrive? I guess the gasket should be renewed in any case.

Did you find some good places to shop for such an engine in Europe (I am in northern Germany)?

Many thanks for your thoughts and ideas,

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Old 23-01-2013, 14:42   #2
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Re: Experience Concerning Small (10-14hp) Saildrive Engine Needed

What did you end up going with? I am in a similar situation. I just bought a 1969 Islander 36, but the Volvo Penta is not currently working and there are major components to the 110s saildrive missing. I was aware of this when I bought the boat don't worry the price was right to compensate.

So since the volvo penta 110S saildrive is extremely hard to come by parts let alone a extremely expensive, and with no real guarantee on the inboard being completely corroded inside it might be a better long term solution to look into a new (refurbished) inboard and saildrive together.

The boat allows plenty of space for just about any mounting. Looking for something diesel around the 14hp range. Looking for a good long term solution that will be easy to maintain, source parts, and cost effective configuration. Till then I can easily mount an outboard but taking my time researching possible solutions.
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Old 23-01-2013, 16:27   #3
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Re: Experience Concerning Small (10-14hp) Saildrive Engine Needed

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, MitchSD.
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