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Where to Find Parts for Older Boat Engines

When you purchase an older used boat, it may have an engine that is no longer in production, and parts may be hard to find. With the cost of new diesels starting at around $7,000 for a miniscule 9 hp Yanmar, fixing the old engine is probably a very economical idea.

Unfortunately, most service department mechanics are good at repairing engines that are less than ten years old and while the new factory parts are still available. But, with most boat engines, ten years may just be the break in period. It is in the 15 to 20 year age range that they begin to fail and need parts.

I am often asked questions like, Where do I get parts for my Albin engine?, or, Who builds Palmer engines?, and ?Do they still make Passagemaker engines??.

One proposed way to solve the older engine problem is to buy an identical second engine. Find another old, and hopefully worn out, boat for sale, which has an operating engine just like yours. Buy the old wreck with the good engine for three of four thousand. Steal the engine and put it in the back of the garage for spare parts, and then sell that older boat without an engine, for two to three thousand. It is actually easy to sell older engineless sailboats, especially if they have a secondary outboard motor mount. It is a little more difficult with a power boat, to sell it without an engine.

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Overseas Delivery May Not Be a Dream Vacation

THE DREAM: In February it was a dream come true. Arnstein Mustad had just bought a new Robert Perry designed Tayana 48. Anticipating an idyllic voyage home from the Orient, he hurriedly sold the home, farmed out the dog, stored his furniture and got his passport in order.

Flying to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, the first week in March, Mustad spend a month commissioning the new boat, at Ta Yang Yacht Building Company, before his crew began to arrive. One big incentive for this dream cruise, was that the shipping cost savings would finance the voyage itself. He might take off three or four months from work, pay the crew?s flights out to Taiwan and still come out dollars ahead.

Yet, idyllic dreams have a way of becoming nightmares when reality sets in. Minor troubles crop up with all new boats, and may not show up in day long cruises near the building yard. They might only materialize on a week long shakedown at sea. Repair delays can compound into additional expenses. Missed schedules can mean flying the original crew home to their jobs, recruiting and flying out replacement crew. Western Pacific flights from the U.S. can cost over $1000 one way. These added expenses quickly eat up any savings on the purchase price.

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