Good info on the welding, I will keep this string dog eared.
I don't agree with the 8-10k hours statement. I am at 6k now, no problems. Expect 20k, motor will out last the boat. Just replaced motor mounts and you can not feel the engine running from the bridge, incredible difference. I agree parts are hard to find, but this engine is still made in Turkey, although not marinized. England has them advertised regularly for export.
Just has a BW drop shaft rebuilt. I think it was Harbor Marine in Washington state. $4k, but parts are available.
I just moved the oil filter and went to the extra long filter. Will post in my blog when I get final pictures.
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