So.....firstly huge thanks to Al for PMs
I have this morning had a call from Barrus ( I only emailed them last night ! - top service
It is has been posted by Turbo Diesel
Standard warranty is 2 years - and during this anyone ' competent can service the engine using genuine parts/ of equal quality .
However if the engine is serviced by a merc dealer from new & ongoing it does extend out to the full five years.
As a customer I can fully understand why they do it this way - they have a vested interest in the dealers looking after stuf and in return they are happy to commit to five years warranty.
I'm wondering now if the other manufacturers five year warranty periods are the same ?
In summary the only two main dealers who showed and interest in me as a little 25 hp buyer were Black Dog Marine & Yellow Penguin .
I ended up buying from YP as the are very very close to me and have always been very good with the friends I have who use them ( Avocet & 250) .