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Old 02-10-2016, 07:20   #31
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Re: Overhaul engine now or wait for symptoms?

Tetra, all of the advice above is good, and Sailorchic's input is gold...if you get to the purchase point.

Mark makes an excellent point, depending on what exactly you're contemplating purchasing. Assuming based on the engine that it's a 30-35'er, a new engine install may well equal the purchase price of the boat. So following the install you'll be the proud owner of a boat is worth 50-65% of the money invested in it, assuming you're buying it for market value.

As noted, the general survey is going to tell you very little about the state of the engine, other than it runs within general spec (rpm, temp, etc.) and what a visual inspection reveals. An engine survey would be worth the money given there are no logs or history, particularly if you don't have any experience with diesels.

If that reveals the engine to be in decent shape, just use it, maintain it, learn about it. You'll be in a far better position to then determine down the road what your needs and options are.
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