Perkins M92B, Initial Report Card


We have long believed that the prevalence of high revving lightly built engines installed in sailboats, particularly those boats built in recent years, is often more about ease of availability to the builder and initial price than making the best choice to give long term economical service to the owner. Particularly an owner, like many of our readers, who either does, or plans to, put a lot of miles on.

Regular readers of this site will remember that back in the spring we posted several articles about our re-power engine selection process and final decision to install a Perkins M92B.

Now that we have some hours on the new engine we are seeing some real benefits that, at least initially, are making us happy that we took a different path, opting for a slow revving (2400 top end) high torque industrial engine of lower horsepower than would generally be specified for a boat the size of Morgan’s Cloud.

John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for 25 years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 20 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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