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    Is a diesel engine for a 24' boat (seasport, osprey, c-dory or the like) desirable even though diesel costs so much more these days, or is it not worth it on such a small boat?

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    Very desirable if it wouldnt cost any more. Problem is they cost so much $$$$ it would take the average Alaskan boater at least ten years, maybe more, to break even after considering fuel savings compared to the cost of the diesel.

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    It really depends on your application and usage, and as mentioned, they are desirable and with normal use will last a very long time. But if your replacing an inboard... very expensive. Personally for a glass boat hat is my preference and what I have (although it has twines and is a 32').
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    They are super desirable until you need a $4k injector pump from volvo...

    You can get better nmpg out of a diesel if it is of less HP than a gas motor (it is torque you are paying for), but I have known a few boats where the diesel package is sized for running light and when loaded the boats become pigs (A 26 Seaswirl I know and a 27 Seasport Navigator)...

    Replacement 350 bobtail $7k replacement D4 $23k

    Equally priced at the time of purchase on a used 24' I'd still buy the diesel.

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    Maintenance can be expensive, the only other negative that may be a consideration is if you use the diesel to troll with the fumes might get to you.

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