Agreed petrol is more harder to get, but it is getting better. Volvo electronics lets not go there, but their legs are second to none.
Look at the number fitted, Sunseeker/Fairline/Sealine etc etc etc compaired to the number of failures.
It all depends on what you want the boat to do, how long you want to keep it and how many hours a year you want to use it, and for me it has got to be diesel. Slow and sluggish, not some of the ones I have been on. We have far more Diesel Revengers and Scorpions up hear than outboards, hence my question.
Repair bills, in over 18.5k hours running a Daewoo in a trawler only bills are for servicing (£250 every 300hrs) and a top end inspection (£500 at 18k hours).
Overall hours on ribs with Twin Yamaha diesel, about 3300h combined, servicing about £150 every 100h, 1 drive ring and overhaul (£700) Impellors £70, all work done myself.
What is the reatil price nowadays for say a 250hp four stroke?
Deck space is defenatly an issue with inboards though, especially if they are <7m, however it's not really an issue on the larger boats.
What slow, sluggish diesel boat are you stuck with? I have never had a diesel for sale for long, so long as its priced correctly