Years ago I was helping a friend establish a vineyard in the foothills of the Sierras. He hired a gen set which was powered by an air cooled Lister. Seemed bullet proof, for we ran it with zero maintenance
24/7 for three months (and I mean zero... just added fuel
when required... no oil change
, didn't even check the level) and it just kept on keeping on. The down side was that it was very noisy, both exhaust
and direct engine noise
. I don't remember if it had a radiator and water jackets or was truly air cooled, but I do remember trying to sleep in a tent nearby while it bellowed away.
This was long before I had any experience with boats or diesels, and now I cringe to think of it! I think that anything that survives the equipment
hire life is truly sturdy!
So, if you do decide to power a boat with such an engine, getting rid of the noise
should be added to getting rid of the heat!