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Old 12-02-2008, 11:26 AM   #19
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RE: How much power is enough?

FF, I think you are comparing apples to oranges. They are the same engines but the recreational application is maintained in a recreational way....IOW, not very well. The engines that get 10s of thousands of hours are on a very strict maintenance program because their longevity directly affects the operator's bottom line. "They" also most likely operate a "fleet" of those exact same engines and have a very tight relationship with the manufacturer on how the engines should be run and how they should be maintained. Again, capitalism at work. The manufacturer wants to keep his relationship with the operator so that operator will keep buying his product. Recreational operators do not get that kind of support or experience.
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