Originally Posted by warrior 90
I donīt like dead batteries. They are expensive.
If You have an insulated water heater hot water is free.
Diesel engines are more efficient and more reliable then gas engines.
With todays fuel blends I absolutely donīt trust any outboard motors for my main propulsion
Who does like dead batteries? A properly sized and installed solar system is less likely to result in dead batteries. In fact, most engine charging never gets lead-acid up to 100% as you would have to run the engine for many hours. With solar, it's quite feasible to hit 100% a few times a week...which is good for batteries.
If you are referring to being able to pull start, that's a backup option. While it's possible to hand start diesels, none are nearly as easy as just grabbing the pull cord and giving it a couple yanks.
Running the diesel just to make hot water...no thanks.
Diesels have a slight edge in efficiency but with modern 4 stroke
fuel injected, its not nearly as big of a difference like it was 30yr ago.
Never had an issue with our 25hp EFI being reliable or issues with fuel. Only problem we ran into is a couple times after we first got it, I thought it stalled since it was so quiet and hit the starter with it running for a second before realizing, it was already running.