By all accounts, the recent Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) was bigger and better than ever, this year.
Each year, it is not only the latest models of luxury motor yachts and other vessels that spark the most interest, but also the many examples of the very latest advances in marine technologies that are on display. Marine engines are no exception. Here are some of the latest and greatest engines that were on display, from the top manufacturers at FLIBS 2016.
Mercury Marine – Mercury Marine had its big and beautiful 350 Verados outboard on display. The six-cylinder 2.6L four-stroke outboard is known for its low-end torque and fuel economy.
Evinrude – Evinrude was proud to display several models of their latest ETEC G2 line. These new ETEC G2s are building a rep for fuel economy and quiet performance while delivering all the torque expected of a two-stroke engine.
Suzuki – Suzuki Marine used FLIBS to promote their recently introduced new DF150 and DF175. These join Suzuki’s long line of popular in-line 4, four cylinder four-stroke outboards for small boat and tender applications.
Yamaha Marine – Yamaha chose to feature their latest F350C offshore outboard, as well as their new 225- and 250-hp mechanical control 4.2-liter V6 offshore outboards. The new F350C has been designed to provide the raw thrust necessary for pushing larger and heavier offshore boats.
When is it Time for a New Marine Engine?
So, with some of these new and exciting engines being introduced by the major marine engine manufacturers, when is it time to consider upgrading or replacing the engines on your tender or primary yacht?
A typical marine gas engine should run about 1500 hours worry free. However, it hits its “mid-life crisis” around the 1000 hour mark. This is when a marine gas engine will start to show some little signs of wear and tear. If these issues are not taken care of as they arise, they can develop into costly repairs later on, and significantly reduce the life of your engine.
Diesel engines are built to last longer, but they have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Diesel engines, since they have been primarily designed for commercial and industrial marine applications, have been built to take much more abuse and general pounding than are gasoline engines. It is not unusual for a well-maintained marine diesel engine to deliver 8,000 hours or more, before needing a major overhaul. It is likely that well-maintained diesel engines could last you for the life of your yacht!
Extending the life of Your Engines
Regardless if your motor yacht has diesel or gasoline engines, there are things you can do to help them live longer. While it may seem counter intuitive, marine engines actually last longer the more they are used and run continuously. Laying fallow for a while, and frequent starts and shut-downs, prevent a typical marine engine from delivering its maximum number of hours.
If you do not use your yacht very often, besides for the opportunity to offset expenses, this is another good reason to consider a charter income program. As a charter yacht, your boat will have an opportunity to “stretch her legs” more often and see that her engines and other critical systems get the workouts they need.
Also, when your boat is in a charter program, and a member of our On Demand Yachting platform, you can be assured that all routine maintenance is done on a planned and regular basis, ensuring that your yacht is always healthy and ready to go for you, or your charter customers!
Operating a motor yacht can be costly. You can reduce your expenses, and avoid costly repairs by keeping her well maintained. On Demand yachting from FYM can help. If you would like to learn more, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Yacht Management specialists, or call us at (954) 900-9968.