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Replying to:Volvo-Penta Diesel Vs 4 stroke outboard
Hi Guys. Well I am in a bit of a pickle over what to do with my engine, so I thought I would ask you guys. My RL28 "Sandpiper" engine, a Volvo Penta 2001 model diesel, recently locked up due to a lack of use on my part. We removed the motor and had planned to do a complete overhaul. The original problem was a simple fix. A valve stayed open after the engine was shut down after a day of sailing causing corrosion on the rings after a couple of months of no use. Anyway, the cost of a minor rebuild (new rings, gaskets and bearings) is still going to cost around $4,000. I always said that I would NEVER consider putting an outboard motor on the boat should the diesel ever fail, but with the advancement of 4 stroke outboards these days, I am now starting to reconsider my options. A brand new Mercury 9.9hp Bigfoot 4 stroke outboard, with forward controls, electric start and power trim is only $4,700. The Pros of the Diesel is its good fuel economy, diesel is safer to carry on board and ease of use. The down side is a permanent saildrive leg dragging in the water, and also the age of the saildrive. It works fine now, but what about down the track?? The Pros of the outboard is no drag in the water while sailing and a brand new motor (with drive leg). The cons of the outboard is having to carry petrol on board, not as good economy as the diesel and noise. What is the opinion of other RL28 owners on this group? I would love to hear your comments and suggestions. Garry Beattie