Originally Posted by Boxertwinjeff
In your opinion Jim, should I not let the 50hp Bmw be the deal breaker,
it may have scared off other potential buyers. Refering to engine photo,
looks cared for from what I can see.
Sheesh, mate, I'm not sure I should answer that question... I have an N of one, and I had good luck with it. The base engines are good, and as in most marine engines, it is the quality and design of the marinization that tips the balance, and I dunno how the bits on that specific engine have been treated.
Here's what I think I would do:
Call the Hatz folks (used to be in Sydney) and see if any parts
are available these days. I'd think the basic engine parts
would be, but the marinization parts may not still be around.
If that works out ok, have an engine survey
to determine condition.
If that works out ok, I'd say the engine is not a cause to reject the boat.
But, I'd go through a similar process with any boat and engine I was considering!
And do note that many of the more common yacht engines have parts issues and less than sterling service
records... and this includes yanmar
and Volvo, those perennial favorites. A little research here on CF will find lots of folks who have had problems with those marques. Our resident blonde, Sailorchic 34 had to rebuild
with small hours due to cracked piston ringlands, just for one example. Lesson being that there is no such thing as a perfect small diesel, no matter how popular they are and how many mfgs install them in their new boats.
Sorry that I'm not able to be more concrete about this, but I'm just a cruiser with no particular expertise... just observations of the folks around me and my own experiences, and a healthy dose of skepticism!