Originally Posted by Mystic Blue
Thinking of buying this boat. Fresh water, stored inside (cold). Wondering about the diesel Lehman engines with 3900 hours. Are they getting ready for a rebuild? Anything I need to be concerned about particularly? Thanks.
Assuming even a modicum of care and maintenance, 3900 hours is nothing. For the most part, these engines don't die - you have to kill them through serious neglect that causes severe over-heating or something. Someone with more FL experience than I have can cite a number where they start to show wear, but I'd be stunned if the number were below 10,000 hours. Maybe more - much more.
Most boats get around 100-200 hours per year of use. Occasionally, a Great Loop cruise will take that to 500 hours. Do the math versus your age - you're kids might have a worry someday, but probably their kids.
I like GB36's. To me, they are the gold standard for family trawler. Not crazy about the teak decks, but you can't have it all. Good luck!