Originally Posted by mvweebles
Gotcha. Apologies if I over reacted.
If the OPs question is along the lines of "I'm about to pay $5k for a $12k boat but want to make sure I'm not stuck with a POS motor
because it's on the hard," well, that's a different question. Bar gets lowered
Firstly, I appreciate you comments! @Kenbo too.
Both of you get the idea of what I'm trying to do. I suppose I did get a bit more focused as it went.
With respect to above, you're not half wrong. In essence, I'm trying to establish a reference point of how to evaluate the engine hours, as I plead ignorance of this topic, and am trying to learn.
The boat is on the hard at the moment because it's still snowing in spring here, Toronto way. Put in for us is usually Mid May, haul out
While it's on the hard I'm making an assumption that a survey would be cheaper and easier, with the exception of the engine or sea trial.
I don't know if the owner plans putting in at all this year, if not, then I guess on the hard will have to do. If he does, then survey on the hard before put in, then engine and sea trial post put in.
Aside from that, I have little to no experience with marine engines.
My impression at this point is that while diesels can run up into many 1000's of hours, it doesn't seem to be typical. I hadn't considered just how low the hours were on other boats. Which, no that I'm better informed, makes me question the low hours.
I'd be interested in knowing how high hour engine boats vs low hour engines of boats of the same age, and basic maintenance
(roughly) compare. It seems that the low hour engines may have more issues.