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Old 05-03-2017, 08:21 AM   #21
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Sell the boat and buy what you really want.

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Old 05-05-2017, 08:11 AM   #22
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A lot of great advice! More cons than pros obviously but I have food for thoughts. I don't think it would make sense from an economic point of view. But then again I completely refitted the boat over the last 8 years and I really like everything about it. Except the lack of extra speed when I need it. It's not something I'm contemplating for the near future but I know I'm about to reach a point where it will be either that or I get a bigger/faster boat. And then I start all over again with the never ending project list. Lol
Thanks a lot for the input.

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Old 05-05-2017, 09:08 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by jleonard View Post
I for one believe you will benefit and like the additional power.
I have experience in powering up" an old boat. I had an old 34 Mainship and replaced the original anemic Perkins 160 with a Cummins 6BTA 270 and the additional ponies made a great boat an outstanding boat.
Originally it was an 8 know cruiser, topped out at 10.5.
After the repower it cruised easily at 13/14 knots and topped at 18.5.
And for those many times I cruised at the "original" 8 knot pace I got about 50% better economy measured in nautical mile per gallon.
I say power up.

Makes a huge difference what hull one is powering up. Leonard's M34 has a very straight and w flat bottom at the transom. Narrow entry fwd kinda like a big wedge. Great for 20 knots .. maybe even more depending on weight.

But adding power to a CQR for example won't get you much beyond a big wake. Don't know the hull in question but it's probably not nearly as good as the M34 for more speed. If it has a straight run aft and not too much weight Leonard's comments are at least applicable if not spot on.

I would say to the OP find some other boats w the same hull as his and w more power and inquire as to their performance.

Lots of variables can make repowering fairly economical but I would make serious planing and cost estimates first.

But faster boats don't sell well so the OP selling and buying a faster boat could be quite economical. "Flip'in" boats is not a common pastime but if your a good salesman and like detailing ....

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Old 05-05-2017, 10:04 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by Nomad Willy View Post
But faster boats don't sell well so the OP selling and buying a faster boat could be quite economical. "Flip'in" boats is not a common pastime but if your a good salesman and like detailing ....
Actually my Mainship sold in one day at my asking price. New(er) engine, fast when desired, better economy at hull speed were the reasons.

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