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.
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