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Best Diesel Brand?

Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:31 am
by rblevens
Don't hammer me for this question- which brand of diesel engine should I look hard at for the Sea Angler?
Bang for the buck!

(Looking around 200 HP per.)

Parts availability in the Caribbean is a consideration...

Thanks in advance!
Rick

Re: Best Diesel Brand?

Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:43 am
by Bill Edmundson
Rick

I've had 2 Yanmars. Very happy with them. Not cheap. They are a world wide brand. You are right to look at parts and service availability!

Bill

Re: Best Diesel Brand?

Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:18 pm
by North
Yanmars are great, as mentioned. The Cummins 6BT is a bit louder, normally 210hp, and very common and reliable. Can buy them rebuilt from several vendors.

Re: Best Diesel Brand?

Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:03 pm
by rblevens
Thanks- recommendations go a long way!

Re: Best Diesel Brand?

Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:29 pm
by kens
Yanmar does not let support parts out to aftermarkets. This forces you to buy everything from the dealer.
Cummins has a reputation for cheaper cost of parts, easier parts availability. Many parts (almost all) can be obtained in the aftermarket.
I was GIVEN for FREE a brand new Yanmar that had overheated; I could buy a Cummins for the cost of the Yanmar rings, bearings, & gaskets, plus a heat exchanger.
I took the Yanmar to the scrap yard and got $75 for it on the scales.
Yanmars run great,,,,,,,,until,,,,,,you need something like a heat exchanger, then you're screwed.
As long as you dont need a major part, Yanmars are terrific.

Re: Best Diesel Brand?

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:58 am
by rblevens
I'm hearing Cummins

Re: Best Diesel Brand?

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:26 am
by Bill Edmundson
Rick

Go to this site and join: http://boatdiesel.com/

You can research just about everything out there. They have several calculators for speed, gear ratios, prop options, and shaft size. It is well worth the change it cost!

BTW: I think Ken is right.

Bill