Originally Posted by drcat
I have always been surprised at the cost difference of a small ag tractor diesel
in the 20-50 hp range vs a marine diesel
of same hp.
As far a reducing resale, perhaps a tiny %, but not as much as selling price
without an engine
, or you'll never get back the high added cost of installing a branded diesel. And for buyer looking to purchase
with only a few 1000 hrs on a diesel engine
is always a plus.
I've always been surprised at the cost difference (huge markup) of marine
providers in the USA for engines versus overseas. I have received quotations from Cummins in India
and it's crazy. A brand new 6B in China
is easily half or less the cost of the USA. And when you go to a Chinese brand like Roland
did, or to the Weichai's that I am considering for my powerboat, it is even less.
For a sailboat I would not be too concerned about resale price
. It might take longer to sell, but not necessarily a lower price. Your buyer will be thrilled to have a brand new engine onboard with a ton
of spares (spares are cheap
in China also). He will be more concerned about the status of your rigging
and winches and such.
For a powerboat however, trying to sell a boat in America with a Chinese engine would be a deal killer for most. In Europe
it would not be that way, but the USA for sure. One question we all need to ask ourselves however is how important is resale to us. If this is your last boat, and you're traveling the world in it, then who cares?? Let's our kids
suffer the resale malady when we are gone