Peter B & my other friends on TF
I am happy to explain, as I did not think anyone would care, but happy to tell the whole story, if you read & will listen.
It's a long story, -- so I hope you don't mind if I write a short book here to explain. -- remember - you asked !
So to make a long story longer, here you go !
I have multiple boats - both sail & power. We are older now & are down sizing our lives as retirement approaches. That down sizing & simplification of our lives also means the boat side & part of our lives as well is being down sized.
All the boats will be sold - EXCEPT - our 1 favorite trawler
, which we will be keeping. I just can not & do not want to do any more sail boat racing, sail boat foredeck work & sail handling work any more at my age & neither can the wife as she had back surgery.
I can no longer have different boats in different cities & states. We need to simplify our lives. So we are. That is the story, so here we go.....
I can only be on one boat at a time & we are planning on retiring in the future an doing some serious long range & long term cruising on our one favorite 42 foot trawler boat.
Being gone for months & months & maybe even a year or more, we obviously do not need other boats sitting at the dock costing money & sitting un-used. Plus, don't want the worry of us being thousands of miles away on our extended cruise & us worrying about them sitting back home. So selling everything else !
We both love this one little 1982 42 foot Kadey-Krogen 42 foot trawler that we have & decided that we are keeping it. All the rest of our boats will be or have already been sold or spoken for.
When it comes to my wife's & my favorite 42 foot trawler boat that we both love, we will be keeping it till they put us in the ground !
However, it is an older boat, 1982 vintage, but with great bones & strong solid construction & we love it. This boat, In & Out, it has a lot of good stuff on it, but also some old stuff, lots of dated stuff, & of course some junk stuff on it, so like I said, it is a 1982, which is 35 years old.
The wife & I decided since we are keeping just this one boat
, we both want to make her look & be like new in & out -- No Shortcuts ! If we only have one - then lets make this one our best one !
Let me explain a couple other important things. Our Boats are not "my boat" or "her boat" - it is "OUR boat"
-- but divided up as to who is in charge of what rooms of the boat.
I get the Pilot House, Foredeck, Fly-Bridge, Electronics & Engine Room.
My wife get the interior like state rooms, salon, & galley & then also the aft porch deck.
She wants her areas to be like 100 % new, as she loves the boat, but wants it to be all new - and most importantly - all to her specifications & taste.
SO - If she gets to make her areas all new, then so do I !!!!!!!!!
So I am doing a complete boat refit & upgrade on our favorite 42 foot trawler -- which also included the engine room.
Starting with a complete boat repaint with Algrip of the entire boat to like new condition - painting the Hull Navy Blue - our favorite color - with white trim & white superstructure.
Fixing interior to be like new & redoing whatever my wife wants inside the boat in her rooms of responsibility, to her taste. Fully Redoing the galley to be like new, with all new appliances that my wife picks out.
SO - If she gets a all new Galley, new Salon, new Staterooms, new Head & new Interior, --
-- then my rooms ( The Engine room & Pilot house & Foredeck & FB, etc.) get to be all new as well, with new Electronics, new Engine, new Transmission and everything that goes with it & redone to my taste & wants.
Does that now make sense to you, so you understand what we are doing.
The engine room has a lot of old dated stuff in it, remember this boat was not our primary boat & it sat in it's slip a lot & it is a 1982 vintage hull.
"Sun-Chaser" has the exact idea of what I am doing.
I am announcing this up coming engine sale because, before I removed it from my boat, as I wanted a purchaser to see that it is in perfect, operable condition & take a ride on the boat with their new to them engine or do any tests they wanted in this great condition engine.
Currently I am preparing to be doing a complete engine room refit with new everything. So, doing all that I want to do, includes my going with an all new modern & current technology power train as well as everything else I have always wanted.
So since I am going to do a complete Engine Room upgrade of everything that is in there, That also included a new engine & transmission as well. If I don't do it now, with this refit, then I won't get to do it later.
So the Ford Leman engine & transmission, even though it runs perfect like a Swiss watch, is legendary in it's simplicity and longevity, is coming out & will be sold. I will sell whatever else I can salvage out of this boat from this refit that is good & usable & let my friends here on TF get some good stuff cheap. The rest goes to the scrap yard.
I agree this engine is a good one, is legendary in it's simplicity and longevity, & runs great with low fuel usage & great reliability, but it is being replaced for the reasons noted above.
As I steal a few words from "Koliver" -- As a result of the engine change, I now will have a newer generation of engine that starts better, is more economical by about 10%, increased my cruising speed by a half a knot while running at lower rpm, so will last longer. I expect that the fuel savings alone will pay some of the swap costs of the change within a few years. added plus that I should get a better resale price if I should ever decide to sell when we get to old to do this.
So My thoughts are if someone out there on TF had a boat like a Grand Banks or a Kadey Krogen, or similar trawler & wanted or needed a good top running reliable Ford Leman 120 HP engine, this could be just the ticket for them. I am willing to sell at a reasonable price point. I did not want to have it go to waste. Someone must need it somewhere ?
I am putting in a NEW John Deere 6068 engine which is what Kadey - Krogen, Nordhavn & other manufactures went to in production for newer boats. I know this engine & am familiar with it. It is just as reliable as the Ford Leman, but all new. I'm Also putting in a new Twin Disc transmission as well. So my old Velvet Touch transmission that was overhauled 3 or 4 years ago & works perfectly is also for sale & it maybe has 400 hours in it.
So No, I am not putting in a racing engine, Just a All NEW POWERTRAIN along with all new everything else that I want in my engine room as well.
I will put up for sale rest of the ER removed stuff like Racor filters, water heaters, pumps, etc. & other ER items that are still good when removed from the ER right here on TF for all you guys that might need something like that when the time comes.
I don't recall the exact HP of the new engine I am putting in, but it is either 140 Hp or 153 or 154 Hp as I recall. Just a bit more power, but all NEW !
I am doing a complete engine room remodel - so to be a complete upgrade I am doing the engine & transmission & full power train as well.
And that can't hurt the boats value either.
There you go - that is my story & I'm sticking to it.
So back to my original question -- does anyone out there on TF need a replacement Ford Leman 120 HP Diesel engine in perfect condition & that runs great ?
If so let me know.