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Old 01 July 2001, 06:40   #1
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MerCruiser D1.7L TDI

What is your opinion on this new small diesel from MerCruiser?

Our next RIB is going to be in 6.5m - 7m range and until now we only looked at outboards as we considered inboards (especially diesel) to be too expensive.
But, that has changed as this new diesel inboard is less expensive than some of the outboards we were considering!

It weighs some 300 kg including Alpha sterndrive, so it is somewhat heavier than a single outboard. Still, this shouldn't be too much for a 6.5m RIB.

I read a test of Askeladden 645 Beetle powered by this engine. The boat weighs some 1500 kg with this engine and tops 32 knots. More interesting is the fuel consumption at cruise speed of 23 knots - only 0.65 l/nautical mile.

Do you think this engine could be installed in Ribcraft 6.5 or Ribtec 655? What kind of performance could I expect in that case? I'm not interested in racing so top speed is of no concern. However, cruising speed of around 30 knots is desirable.

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Old 02 July 2001, 11:02   #2
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I think that 30knot cruising speed would be a bit optimistic. They recommend 230hp on the 6.8m if you want to cruise at 30knots.

Some of the earlier comments I have heard about the MerCruiser does make it sound an attractive option.

For those lucker soles who have the cash, could these engines provide a viable twin installation option on the 7.8m?

Prehaps Jace could comment??
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Old 02 July 2001, 14:59   #3
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Get in touch with Lee Fairweather at Fairweather Marine. They had a demo boat with this engine at RIBEX, and he reckons that it had a top speed of 50 mile per hour!

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Old 06 July 2001, 13:04   #4
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I am pleased to say that I have just bought a 7.0 metre Ocean Extreme with this engine. On sea trials a couple of weeks ago it managed 42 knots and reportedly drank just 1.5 gallons/hour during the entire test. I've just got it in the water and hope to be doing great things with it on the south coast later this month.
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Old 06 July 2001, 13:15   #5
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Sasa,

In fact I have just seen on your photo page that you include a picture of my boat..the black Humber inboard.

I've had extra jockey seats put in, changed the design of the seat backs and a couple of other goodies as well.

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Thanks for your comments, guys. This engine is definitely interesting, and worth further investigation. I'll contact Lee Fairweather to hear his opinion.

Nick, keep us informed about your boat and what you think about the combination engine/boat. Send us a picture if you have.

I'll let you know when I find out more.

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I'll let you know how it goes...and I would be very interested to hear coverage on the engine that you might get.
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A bit more info on this engine. I still haven't spoken with Lee Fairweather, but I found another test in the Swedish magazine Båtnytt. They compared the MerCruiser D1.7L TDI with MerCruiser 3.0L (gasoline, 135 hk, 296 kg including Alpha 1 stern drive). The test boat was an Örnvik 610 MC (image enclosed). The boat is 6.1 x 2.25 m, weighs 800 kg without engine. The tests werre conducted with 2 persons and 100 l of fuel, resulting in total boat weight of 1500 kg.

The results are (D1.7L in green).

Speed [knots]:
WOT: 30.0 34.0
WOT - 300 RPM: 27.8 31.8
WOT - 600 RPM: 25.2 28.0
WOT - 900 RPM: 22.7 24.8
WOT - 1200 RPM: 20.0 22.0

Fuel consumption [litres/nautical mile]:
WOT: 1.31 0.93
WOT - 300 RPM: 1.14 0.79
WOT - 600 RPM: 1.12 0.73
WOT - 900 RPM: 1.11 0.72
WOT - 1200 RPM: 1.14 0.70


These are just the most interesting numbers. If you are interesed in more details let me know and I'll post them. The magazine concluded that the diesel beats the gasoline overall, despite the higher price (SEK 134900.00 against SEK 72500.00).

I guess that a similar performance could be expected from a 6.5 m RIB.

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I've been wondereing about this engine for my next RIB. What does it cost in sterling? Can it be bought for home installation or do Mercruiser insist on "their" installers for warranty cover? 300Kg is still a fair weight for a smaller rib, does anyone sell a much lighter inboard rig?
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Alan,

The Mercruiser is about £9986 (I think that's including VAT) + of course you get all the other extras added on for fixing it in the boat, unless you were going to do it yourself?

I think that my boat weighs in at around the 1 1/2 tonne mark and that's a 7.0 metre with 4 jockeys and a bench seat in front of the console.

The torque on this engine is just incredible. I haven't timed it getting up onto the plane, but it knocks you back into your seat.

I've done quite a few miles in the boat now and the fuel gauge has barely moved! I just can't speak too highly of it.

If you want to speak to a boat builder try Andy Roffee at Humber Inflatable Boats. tel: 01482 226 100. He's the guy that I did the business with and he thinks the engine is the business too.

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