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    Default We like our Albin-25 a geat deal, if only it wasn't for her old V-P inboard Diesel

    Our home in Rockford, IL is almost 100 miles distant from Lake Michigan marinas employing people who know anything about of V-P MD17C. Sure, the boat is kept on a trailer, but - - -.

    I remember beck in the 1960's being aboard an aluminum weekend cruiser powered by an outboard on the order of 50 or 75 hp. The boat was a great deal different from present day cruisers in the mid-20 LOA range with their pointy bows and deep-V bottoms requiring more hp. Featuring a stem far from being plumb (which I definitely favor), the alum vessel I remember sort of resembled our Albin's bow, though likely not as fine below the waterline.

    Would any of the grey heads here have ideas as to specific brands of old Alum outboard weekenders which would perform satisfactorily powered by a Yamaha 50T? Aluminum hulls interest me primarily because they are lighter than fiberglass and so are able to get along with less power.

    As for wooden boats; anybody know of a Lathrop Bluejacket 24 on the market? Now there is a boat to lust after.

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    Default Re: We like our Albin-25 a geat deal, if only it wasn't for her old V-P inboard Diese

    A diesel is a diesel pretty much. Maybe talk to a local diesel specialist? Here in VT, there's a diesel shop that mostly does work for other garages (rebuilding injectors, injector pumps, etc.). Because there are so few people at marinas who have even the slightest knowledge on diesels, he does quite a bit of work on boats - much of it fixing stoopid chit marina's have done, but he's happy to work on a boat in his yard.
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    Default Re: We like our Albin-25 a geat deal, if only it wasn't for her old V-P inboard Diese

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Scheuer View Post
    Would any of the grey heads here have ideas as to specific brands of old Alum outboard weekenders which would perform satisfactorily powered by a Yamaha 50T? Aluminum hulls interest me primarily because they are lighter than fiberglass and so are able to get along with less power.
    Lone Star made a lot of aluminum boats in the '50's and '60 that fit that description. Outboards simply weren't very big back then. I don't think OMC even had a 100 hp outboard until the mid '60's. To make these boats perform with the low-powered motors of the day the interior accommodations were very spartan by today's standards. To my mind, that's actually a good thing.
    The big downside, of course, is that everything they did to make them perform in a lively manner with such limited power, such as light weight and a shallow, flattish bottom, made for a harsh, jarring ride if operated at high speed in a chop.

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    Default Re: We like our Albin-25 a geat deal, if only it wasn't for her old V-P inboard Diese

    I know you didn't ask this.....but ....

    why not repower with a gas engine? You'd likely have better access to trained technicians. Parts will certainly be cheaper.


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    Default Re: We like our Albin-25 a geat deal, if only it wasn't for her old V-P inboard Diese

    About the only way to repower an Albin-25 and preserve it's value is to install a Beta or Yanmar, both way more expensive than I want to go.

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    Default Re: We like our Albin-25 a geat deal, if only it wasn't for her old V-P inboard Diese

    But, except for the Volvo...you like it! Yes?

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    Default Re: We like our Albin-25 a geat deal, if only it wasn't for her old V-P inboard Diese

    The new Yanmar I put in Amazon was $15,000 all up. It’s hard to see walking into something better for less, especially if you like the boat you have.
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    Default Re: We like our Albin-25 a geat deal, if only it wasn't for her old V-P inboard Diese

    The price paid for the V-P powered Albin on a new trailer was way less than $15,000.

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    Default Re: We like our Albin-25 a geat deal, if only it wasn't for her old V-P inboard Diese

    What's the problem with the V-P? Partial rebuild kits are still available from specialist supliers.
    Replacing it does not have to cost 15 000, Nanni is usually cheaper then Beta and it's the same engine. If you are willing to do the work, marinizing a Kubota is not hard to do, and the base engine can be had for reasonable money.

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    Default Re: We like our Albin-25 a geat deal, if only it wasn't for her old V-P inboard Diese

    I think this is a terrible idea, but... would the Albin's trim be ruined if you mounted that yamaha 50 on a transom bracket?

    You'd want to replace the diesel with tankage of course.
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    Default Re: We like our Albin-25 a geat deal, if only it wasn't for her old V-P inboard Diese

    That Volvo is a great engine, why are you not happy with it?

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    Default Re: We like our Albin-25 a geat deal, if only it wasn't for her old V-P inboard Diese

    A yanmar replacement makes sense on your very practical cruiser. Sounds like you are looking for another boat to change it up a bit in which case it is time to move on and do nothing but list it. Summer is short enough.
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    Default Re: We like our Albin-25 a geat deal, if only it wasn't for her old V-P inboard Diese

    I go along with your thinking, Ted. Not rushing into anything, but I've been wrenching on an overheating problem myself for several weeks because the marina I'd prefer is almost a month out for scheduling work (and has been all through the Spring). There are a couple of outboard powered A-25's, but with a strong market yet for the original design, I'd prefer to not go that route.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Hoppe View Post
    A yanmar replacement makes sense on your very practical cruiser. Sounds like you are looking for another boat to change it up a bit in which case it is time to move on and do nothing but list it. Summer is short enough.

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    Default Re: We like our Albin-25 a geat deal, if only it wasn't for her old V-P inboard Diese

    My Volvo Penta had an issue with overheating. Turned out to be misaligned pulleys for the alternator belt.
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    Default Re: We like our Albin-25 a geat deal, if only it wasn't for her old V-P inboard Diese

    Back in the late 1970's I had a 14' Larson Crestliner which was already "old" at that point. I don't remember the model, but it had tailfins like a 1957 DeSoto. It also had an oval bottom and a nearly plumb stem, which is why I bought it cheap for conversion into a sailing sloop with leeboards. The sails were ordered from Glen-L to fit a mast a friend had hooked while fishing. If I left the 5hp Johnson Sea Horse at home it would plane nicely under sail. I mention it here because a similar hull of about 25' LOA would suit me just fine. Weston Farmer once wrote of a similar design of his with a plumb (almost) stem "it gives her legs o stand on in a seaway". That Crestliner was a very nicely built piece of aluminum.

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    Default Re: We like our Albin-25 a geat deal, if only it wasn't for her old V-P inboard Diese

    Found a photo on Google. It was a Crestliner Jet Streak.

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    Default Re: We like our Albin-25 a geat deal, if only it wasn't for her old V-P inboard Diese

    I cut down the windscreen to be lower overall, incorporating a swoop even closer to the deck across the center, calling it a "transparent spray rail".

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