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Old 15-09-2018, 14:02   #1
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Sabb 2H For Sale

1978 2H Sabb , keel cooler, 19" two blade pitching prop.

4100+ hours on it - per manufacturer, barely broken in... If you are familiar with Sabbs, skip this paragraph. This engine is not a marinized diesel, rather it was specifically designed and built for marine service and used extensively in fishing boats and life boats. The Norwegian manufacturer still supports the motor with parts. Very popular and respected in Europe, a favorite in wooden and classic boats in the US. A serious piece of iron that happily thumps away at 200 to 1800 RPM with max 2200. Because of the pitching prop design there is no forward or reverse transmission, rather it has a clutch with a simple integral mechanism that allows for the helmsman to change the pitch of the propeller blades - at any speed and RPM you can adjust for optimum pitch. And by fully flipping the blades the boat will go in reverse - the engine is never taken out of gear. It truely uses its 18hp most effectively with the pitching prop and at cruising RPM brings a real 16hp and 87 ft lbs of torque to the propeller (2x1 reduction gear). Our 22,000 lb 35ft waterline sailboat gets pushed in excess of 6 knots in flat water and no wind. The engine weights about 400lbs, pickup or shipping is from SF area.

The engine and drive train are in very good condition with work done in 2013 (@4000 hours) including:
- valve job,
- fuel pump rebuilt,
- raw water and cooling pumps rebuilt,
- new shaft coupling,
- new front crank shaft seal and seal ring,
- new fuel injectors,
- fuel lines,
- head gasket,
- thermostat,
- oil pressure sensor,
- engine mounts, and
- a paint job.

2016 we replaced the drive train from the coupling aft and there are less than 50 hours on it since
- new prop shaft,
- new shaft log,
- new propeller.
The instrument/engine wire loom (12 ft long) was also completely redone, down to replacing the pins in the plugs. All the wires are an uninterrupted run with no splices or solder connections.

The engine starts without hesitation even in colder weather (low 50s - sorry does not get that cold in SF) without use of the glow plugs. Runs great, sounds great, no smoke and does not burn oil.

There is an extensive inventory of new and used spare parts, easily in excess of $2k. This includes spare prop blades (4 sets), new fuel lines, new spare injector, governor rebuilt kit, starter rebuild kit, water pump rebuild parts (diaphragms and valves), thermostat, full set of gaskets, spare water pump">raw water pump, etc. A list is available upon request.

This engine was lovingly maintained by the original owner for most of its life, the second owner did it no good or harm, we are the third owner and think we've gotten it back to the condition it deserves to be in. Currently it is still in the boat - I am in the process of documenting it and then taking it out in the next month or so.

The engine will be provided complete for installation with the exception of water supply hoses and associated gear, cooling hoses to connect to the keel cooler, exhaust hoses and water lift muffler.

Given the condition of the engine and parts that come with it, $3500 is a fair price.
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Old 28-10-2018, 11:08   #2
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Re: Sabb 2H For Sale

This engine is still available
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Old 28-10-2018, 11:15   #3
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These are terrific engines. Mine powered a 12 ton Cape George cutter, and while it was a bit underpowered at only 18 hp, those Norwegian horses seemed bigger. A bullet proof engine.
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Very reliable engines. One of the local lobster fishermen where I live claim his wooden boat powered with a SABB one stroke engine sunk during a storm in the 60s. He was rescued and the next day he went out with a friends boat to try to salvage the boat. When they came out at sea the guy put his head down close to the water and he hears a low rytmic sound “donk, donk, donk”. There was the Sabb below 30 feet of water still slowly running. They picked it up with a crane and he still uses it today. Maybe you shouldn’t believe all stories told down at the dock by lobster fishers but his point is easy to get
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Very reliable engines. One of the local lobster fishermen where I live claim his wooden boat powered with a SABB one stroke engine sunk during a storm in the 60s. He was rescued and the next day he went out with a friends boat to try to salvage the boat. When they came out at sea the guy put his head down close to the water and he hears a low rytmic sound “donk, donk, donk”. There was the Sabb below 30 feet of water still slowly running. They picked it up with a crane and he still uses it today. Maybe you shouldn’t believe all stories told down at the dock by lobster fishers but his point is easy to get
Well, no. But they are amazingly sturdy engines. I filled mine with sea water, dried it out as best I could, changed the oil and it stated right up and ran great.
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We are sad to part with it. The PO had the boat on a mooring and spent lots of time exploring Nova Scotia and Maine and made the engine work for 30 years. We think we need a larger engine - it's a Freedom 40 CC and does displace around 22k lbs or so.
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