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Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 2:14pm

Post Subject: Replacement Engine

I am considering replacing my 25 year old BMC 1.5. The power / size/ weight is perfect for the boat, but it's getting a bit tired. Whilst I impressed by the quietness and efficiency of modern engines, I do not want anything totally reliant on electronics. My ideal engine would be water cooled with a single alternator, sump pump, and electric start, but would also (and this is the important bit) have a decomprssor and handle for manual starting. What can anyone recommend?


Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:20pm

Post Subject: Replacement Engine

I fear the only one that immediately springs to mind that is water cooled is the Bukh DV36 ordered WITH a hand start and decompressers - I bet you will forgo the hand start & decompresser bit once you find the price (contact Also contact Marine Engine Services at Uxbridge just in case one of the Lister water cooled engines is available to your specification. They recently introduced an air cooled replacement for the SR/SL range and that probably has decompressers and a hand start as options. To be honest I really do not know why the hand start is so important to you. If you have a separate starting battery and keep the bilge free of excess water and oil an electric starter should last for years. Then if you have enough money I am sure you could source a spring starter for most diesels and that requires no electricity (possibly a lot of winding though) and no decompressers. Tony Brooks

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