Tom’s Tips About Researching for an Unexpected Repower

By Tom Neale, 1/10/2008

1. Always keep in the back of your mind that someday, you may need an emergency repower. Over the years, listen to others to try to determine what other engines may work for you. Talk to those who’ve had repowers, both planned and emergency. Remember the issues discussed above in this regard.

2. Use the internet to help confirm what you hear about yards, repower specialists, engines and other issues. While a good and helpful web site is hardly the last word about the company, it is certainly one indicator of their depth, and this is important.

3. Some companies will send out a mechanic to dismantle your engine and then inform you that they can’t get to the rest of the job for a long time. Find out BEFORE you engage them that they can take care of the job, from start to finish, when you need it done.

4. If you can’t communicate well from your boat (as with a cell phone) it will probably be worth it to get towed to a marina which can serve as a research base, even if you then have to get another tow to a yard where the work will be done.

5. When looking for an outfit to do the job, ask how often they’ve done it and how long they’ve had their mechanics. Many people can do the job, but not many can do it well.

6. Remember that poor work can cost a lot more in the long run AND in the short run.

7. Find out if your candidates know not only about the engine you want, but also about the engine you’re removing. If you have to rebuild you engine space, you will spend a lot more money.

8. Determine their familiarity with your type of boat.

9. If you’re told by a local dealer that an engine or part isn’t available, go to other sources. The internet is a good way to begin.

10. Putting in the same model engine that you take out can obviously save a lot of time and money. But often there will have been changes, even slight, that can cause problems with the fit. Check this out.

11. Consider a rebuilt engine, but research the rebuilder. Find if the company is well established, has been around for awhile, and carefully study the warranty. Buy an extended warranty if you can.

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