I do miss the acceleration of the outboard but I love the quietness and shear grunt of the diesel. It feels like a CalMac ferry each time starts up too.
It's a pity you had the mechanical failures and it's unfortunate that you need to rely on the err, ......professionals for service. It's a big factor to consider for you and, by Ribnet accounts, many others.
I initially paid for Volvo service parts, oil filters etc. .....you only do that once, I can tell you!
I wiped the green Volvo paint from the fuel filter. Written underneath was Bosch and the part no was a standard automotive item. Just over 3 qwid from the motor factors.
As you say, the cost of fuel is in the balance. When I was running petrol, I got to the point where I felt the pleasure of the boat wasn't worth the cost. We've had an afternoon on the boat today and it's cost about £8 in diesel. Fairly cheap entertainment.
Talking of entertainment, it was blowing a 5 from the south and it was square on to the harbour wall on the Fife side....clapotic waves, never tried them square on like that before. Now they are fun...not!