Originally posted by simmons0
Mercruiser 1.7 ............I have found the engine and alpha1 drive in America for £4700. So it would cost under £5500 to buy it and ship it back.
£4700 is a very good price for the package, but your estimate of £800 isn't too realistic if I'm correct in thinking that's for getting it back here with all shipping and duties paid.
You need to be aware that packages bought in the States are normally ex propeller, so you need to factor that cost in. You also need to realise the warranty situation, although they have a "world wide warranty", it will only be for a year, not two. You also need to know how the system works, coz when your motor goes wrong, your friendly british dealer has to submit the serial number to Barrus for authorisation to do warranty work, and this shows the motor to be a grey import. Not really a problem other than there tends to be a lengthy delay whilst the dealer waits for spare parts, sometimes months pass before the part turns up!!
The other problem is finding someone to install it. The cost of installation is normally lost by the boat builder when he gets to supply the package, so you normally don't appreciate the true costs involved. Having a boat built without a motor is a lot different to having a boat built ready to accept a motor!!!