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Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 12:43pm

Post Subject: Engines

Hello Tony, We intend to purchase a 58'bespoke liveaboard NB continuously cruising for some time to see all the country. I would want a travel power alternator fitted to a 43hp engine. Which engine would you prefer a Barrus Shire or Beta or other? Most of our electrical appliances will be 240v. Thanks Charley & Marie


Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 3:13pm

Post Subject: Engines

Dear Charley & Marie, A while ago I wrote a piece on selecting a new engine and the conclusion I came to in respect of the more common units is that service & backup is more important than the Marniniser or make. I have since modified my views, but it still applies to those two makes. For a long time Beta seemed to have a better reputation for customer service but over the last few months it seems E P Barrus have upped their game. To be honest I would look at the service items and "on engine" electrical equipment and choose the one that has the easiest access/remove/refit for those items. I get very jumpy when I read statements about 240V equipment on boats. Experience shows this way often is a portent for expense & disaster. I know you have not asked, but please be sure YOU carry out a power audit for your proposed boat and also do the charging & battery calculations. You will find a simplified set in either set of notes on my website. You may well find that you need to run far longer each day than you think you will and/or renew the domestic batteries at frequent intervals - say 2 years or - less if you do not balance the loads, battery bank size and charging output/time. Tony Brooks

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