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Old 12-30-2015, 12:08 PM   #21
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The cheapest diesel is USED at your local Big Truck Reefer repair.

Frequently 3 engines can be had , all running take outs for about a grand.

Only one may run $400 or more.

These are water cooled Kubotas or Yannmars and have the huge advantage of very over sized oil pans , to keep them running with no help for a week.

A tiny keel cooler , exhaust wrap and a dry stack would require no marine $toopid priced items to Zero!.

With a hatch in the overhead an engine change would be an afternoon, if that of work.

If installing a diesel I would attempt to locate a gen set noise box set , bottom to top , and install it in that.

If you need a tranny I have a Volvo from an MD 6 18hp that would be fitted with only an adapter plate. $400, plus shipping. Cable shift F N R

Ply boats are OK but an outer covering of GRP or Dynell set in epoxy is worth the extra cost and effort.

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Old 12-30-2015, 02:55 PM   #22
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Whatever option you choose wish you all the best and am hoping you will document your build online! I love following people how have the commitment to build their own boats.

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