Originally Posted by Polwart
Have you bothered to look at who "Alan Priddy" is? He's made it particulalrly easy for you by using his real name...
Why bother if his comparison on fuel consumption is sky high compared to what I'm experiencing. It was he who asked for some numbers, which for me implies that he actually believed there to be some similiarities with the numbers he presented. *shrug*
My point was that there is a usage for inboard diesel engines, because they are cheap compared to petrol outboards when it comes to paying for fuel.
Also, I do my own engine maintenance. The Yanmar Dmax has no electrical parts and is easily servicable. Dmax is based on Yanmar 6LP diesel engine. You can find engines with 10.000+ hours run time. If your goal for boating is long (seriously long) trips, with low fuel consumption and dead solid engine, then this is something you should look into.
There are downsides, but here we were talking about fuel consumption and then someone brought in arguments about service costs. If someone wants the cons., just ask and I'll give you a list
Just to make it clear, this is my private boat and it's not used for any type of commercial use.