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blottom
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Posted: October 04 2009 at 10:09 | IP Logged Quote blottom

I am looking at purchasing a 33 foot 1979 Catalina. I get the feeling finding parts for these engines is difficult and therefore maybe more expensive than a standard mercruiser. The boats has twin Marine Power 350's. Can anyone verify or dispute an increased difficulty and expense in purchase parts and maintaining these engines?
I ahve looked around on sites but info is sketchy..unlike mercruiser where you simply put in a serial number and you get a parts I haven't found a vendor for this yet
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Nauti Cat
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Posted: October 05 2009 at 13:04 | IP Logged Quote Nauti Cat

Hi blottom,

I do not have experience with Marine Power but I have used these guys for parts.  Thier prices are very good and have a nice flat-rate shipping arrangement:

http://www.marineengineparts.com/

 

Tom

 



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Posted: October 05 2009 at 15:03 | IP Logged Quote blottom

Thanks Nauti. What about cost of parts do they tend to be more in general for chris craft as opposed to mercruiser?
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I have found that engine parts are not specific to Chris Craft (my motor is Mercruiser).  I have found that many of the parts on the boat itself are off-the-shelf, readily available components (way to go Chris Craft!).  I have friends who have Sea Rays and most non-engine parts are custom and only available through Sea Ray.  I have replaced many items on my Catalina (head, faucets, pressure pump, water heater, fuel tank sender, etc) and was able to get them from WestMarine and other retailers as exact matches.  I know all the lighting is from Perko so when it comes time to replace the pitted nav lights I will be able to get exact replacements.  I also resealed all the cabin windows and was able to get all replacement rubber molding, plastic hardware and window tracks.  It took some searching but I found it all and it all fits perfectly.

here are the sites I've used:

marineengineparts.com

westmarine.com

overtons.com

chrisparts.com

aluminum2000.com

Because West Marine will match most competitors prices, I collect catalogs from other online and mail order retailers (ones with store locations but may not be in my area) and have saved a lot of money while getting the parts locally.

Unfortunately, because the parts are "marine" they automatically cost more, but that is for good reason - they are built to last in the marine environment.

 

Tom



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Posted: October 06 2009 at 10:01 | IP Logged Quote blottom

Thanks I will keep those links handy
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