I’m after thoughts on engines for my H28:
I did a bit of research on marine diesels for her a few years ago (i.e. 2012) and am looking to update that, but as a bit of a shortcut am first wondering if anyone has done anything more recent work on choosing a marine diesel engine around the 20hp mark and has any recommendations??
Are there any new engines on the market worth looking at??
Does anyone have a favourite and why?
Any bad experiences or negative reports to suggest that any may be better avoided??
Any advice, thoughts, experiences, quips, tales etc whatsoever???
When I last looked I was keen on a Yanmar 3YM20, but at $13,700.00 (all of my pricing here is from 2012) that’s the top end and, even with expected price increases over the last five years, the difference in pricing between that and some of the next below it is the cost of six nice bronze port-lights....so am now thinking again and looking to get something under the $10k mark. But I want reliability and something as smooth and quiet running as I can get it, short of going electric.
Some of the comparable others at the time came in at:
Volvo Penta D120 (18hp 3 cyl’) - $10,711
Nanni 21(21hp 3 cyl’)- $9405.00,
Beta 20 (20hp 3 cyl’)- $7950.00,
Lombardini LDW702m (20hp 2 cyl')- $9350.00
Bukh DV24ME (24hp 2 cyl’)) - $16390.00
Boss L3D14MA (29hp 3 cyl’ Mitsubishi 3)) - $6105.00
WM Sydney (22hp 3 cyl’ Kubota) - $11,392.00
Vetus M3.28 (27hp 3 cyl’)) - $9907.00
Westerbeke 20B (20hp 2 cyl’)) - no price
Universal M3-20dB (20hp 3 cyl) - no price
Any thoughts on any of the above?
Any others to consider??
When I put my comparison spreadsheet together back in 2012 I listed 28 engines that could possibly suite my H28 (some such as a Yanmar 9.1hp “suitable” only according to some sales people but which are really not suitable for the H28) and included anything that I could find for comparisons, sizes, weight, cc’s, cylinder numbers, max revs, bore, stroke, displacements, compression ratios, cooling, alt amps’ (as supplied per quotes offered) and so on.
So if this is of use to anyone else here either tell me how to copy an excel spreadsheet or a PDF version of it here, or PM me to email it to you.