Originally posted by Redbay Rover
But then the volvo is £1500 cheaper. This ain't going to be an easy decision .
Not when I bought mine! The Volvo was close to £2500 more expensive. You're either getting a poor deal on the Yanmar or a good deal on the Volvo. However, you can get a KAD44 a good deal cheaper and this is also an option, given that both the Yanmar and the KAD are not rated to use full power for prolonged periods.
If it were me, at this time I'd be waiting to see how the new engines pan out. The D series Volvo looks very good but it's more weight and, at present, more cost. It's capacity is big so it'll produce good low-down power. Volvo have produced a new, allegedly, drive to go with it.
Just over a year ago, I was where you are and it's a difficult decision. What swung it for me was the failure rate of the Bravo drives and the benefit of the supercharger. If you are down on the South Coast where you are likely to get help without difficulty, then a leg failure is just a leg failure. Up here, when out on the water, it is rare to see other boats except for commercial traffic. A leg failure is going to mean a rescue. If you are travelling in a remote area, you are f***ed. For that reason, I have a diesel outboard. It's still in the back of my car at present,
but it'll be mounted soon.