Originally Posted by alloyed2sea
Jeepers, new Mercruiser 454s in a 37' Riviera are a pretty good combination.
Granted, they suck a bit of fossil fuel, but they dont cost anywhere near what a good diesel conversion would run you.
Yanmar 370s would be my choice by the way.
Figure $50K for the motors alone.
(buys ALOT of gasoline).
We'll certainly keep that in mind Eric, which is why we've been looking for a Roamer with Diesel power all along. The problem has been that there are so few roamers 40 feet, or under in length that have diesel power that we've even considered going bigger. Which has been a big obstacle for my brother as he's never handled a boat, making a dock, and such the way I have, and is a little intimadated by anything over 40 feet in length. Costs alone rise exponentially the bigger you go, and he's very fruggal, as am I. Larger requires more skill the larger you go. We aren't talking about a runabout, or rubber dingy here. Things like power, and mass, sail surface, and current become bigger facters for beginners when they are trying to ease up to a fragile wooden dock, or cement pilon without a bow thruster. A steel hulled boat can crush a wooden dock, and I don't even want to think about what could happen taking on a concret dock in anything other than a steel hulled boat as is reflected in all of the damaged boats for sale down in Florida this year.
Capt John S. Keller
Great Lakes Pilot
Here is the boat that I'm talking about