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Old 05-03-2019, 06:39 PM   #17
Benchmark
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City: Penetanguishene
Country: Canada
Vessel Name: Loose Goose X, and second boat, the Benchmark
Vessel Model: 1994 Ocean Alexander 423 and a 1967 Chris Craft Constellation
Join Date: Aug 2013
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I bought a boat with a pair of 3208's na, and can attest they are great running and pretty efficient.....at 25 years old, we still get 2 mpg at 8 knots in a 42 foot 36000 lb trawler. I had the 2000 hour service done on both engines for about $6 k, and that included full cooling service and valve overhead adjustment, belts, hoses, caps, gaskets, impellers, zincs.....great peace of mind following purchase because everything is brought up to snuff. Run clean fuel, maintain cooling performance and run them at mid to late teens, and they will out last a couple of owners. A great resource is to join boatdiesel.com, search for all the articles on 3208 engines, and you will get an amazing education on the engine.

Make sure you go over prior maintenance records and get an engine survey and sea trial with an experienced cat diesel mechanic. Northern boats that get pulled every year usually get more consistent maintenance attention.
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