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5 Tips When Looking To Buy A New Engine For Your Boat

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Buying a new engine for your boat can be a very exciting but nerve-wracking period in your journey as a growing seafarer. Engines are undoubtably the most vital part of the modern boat so it is justifiable to be cautious when entering the market for one. It is possible to fall into the trap of getting whatever seems like the newest and shiniest product on the market but not all that glitters is gold, especially when relating to boating. You want an engine that will go the distance and not give out as soon as its warranty is up. Here are five key areas you should keep in mind when looking to purchase your next engine.

1. Long Lasting

It might sound obvious but there are two kinds of engines when it comes to boating; engines that are popular for a short period of time and then, when the public looses interest in whatever gimmick it might have, go away and engines that are built to last as long as the ship they are attached to. Of course these second breed of engines need proper service and care but when you find an engine that even the average boating enthusiast can't help but drool over its design you are looking in the right direction.

2. Lower Exhaust Fumes

Many older, direct-injection diesel engines can be followed by a trail of disgusting smoke or, even worse, the smoke  can make its way onto your boat. This can absolutely ruin the entire experience of being out on the water and it is something that can be hard to plan for when buying an engine. Make sure to specifically check with your seller whether the engine you are buying has these issues and be extra careful if buying a second-hand engine. 

3. Understand What You Need

If you own, or are looking to own, a recreational boat then your expectations of what an engine can do will be completely different to those of a commercial one. You might not need the same amount of power or torque that a commercial engine can give but at the same time you might be willing to sacrifice a bit of fuel efficiency (since you only use it part-time) for a boost in acceleration. Think about what type of sailor you are and then buy an engine that suits that criteria, not simply the most expensive one on the market. Unlike in other areas where, for example, the models of a computer might be suitable for the entire consumer market, boat engines are highly specific and you need to find one that is right for you. 

4. Competitive Pricing

There are some engine companies in the boating and shipping world that have coasted on past successes rather than continue to innovate and you want to be careful you don't overspend purely because of the brand. On the other hand there are companies that have been around for 100 years and consistently been reliable, like Yanmar engine sales for example, that are still affordable and offer great return on your investment. Once you decide on an engine shop around and try get the best price you can. 

5. Peace Of Mind

Do not buy an engine without a warranty. It is that simple. You never know what you will run into within the first few months of owning your engine let alone a few years. Any company that does not trust its product enough to offer a warranty should be avoided. When buying from an authorised dealer look for a better warranty deal, you would be amazed how often you can get more time thrown on top of your warranty.

There are 5 key tips when buying a new engine, use them well and you will be out on the water with your brand new engine in no time. 

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1 June 2018