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    Lightbulb Diesel Outboards ???

    A question for the masses:
    Has anyone had any experience with diesel outboards? I think diesel power is the way of the future and was wondering if diesel outboards are a worthy product yet (I know the first production of anything is usually hit and miss) I could just google it but that's no fun and I am looking for a more personal experience response, thanks folks!

    P.S. I am not just looking for a diesel powered outboard because my business truck burns diesel and I can sneak in tax write offs.....

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    Don't see too many on the market. What makes you think diesel is the way of the future?
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    Mercury just came out with one but its for military use only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoose35 View Post
    Don't see too many on the market. What makes you think diesel is the way of the future?
    Well, there are beginning to be more vehicles using diesel, I heard it's easier to produce than gasoline, it's less flammable, and more btu per gallon, plus it smells better...lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by roybekks View Post
    Well, there are beginning to be more vehicles using diesel, I heard it's easier to produce than gasoline, it's less flammable, and more btu per gallon, plus it smells better...lol
    If it's easier to produce, then why is it more expensive? Seriously, I don't get it.

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    Diesel maybe used to be easier, I don't think that's the case with the new stuff. A diesel outboard that was reliable and good on fuel, and affordable would be great, I don't know where to get one though
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    Quote Originally Posted by roybekks View Post
    Well, it smells better...lol
    This is a good reason to pay twice as much for a motor

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    Diesel used to be easier to produce. The newer ultra low sulfur diesel is not easier to produce and ultimately costs more.

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    There's gonna be 200 hp diesels available on the market soon; no traditional shafts driving the prop either, all belts, can throw them into reverse while on step if you see a log at the last moment with no damage. Super streamlined case too. 500 hr maintenance & 20,000 hr service life.
    Twice the economy and awesome torque.
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    That's what I'm talking about! I'm guessing they will be a pretty penny....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Jim View Post
    There's gonna be 200 hp diesels available on the market soon; no traditional shafts driving the prop either, all belts, can throw them into reverse while on step if you see a log at the last moment with no damage. Super streamlined case too. 500 hr maintenance & 20,000 hr service life.
    Twice the economy and awesome torque.
    Who's manufacturing these?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frostbitten View Post
    If it's easier to produce, then why is it more expensive? Seriously, I don't get it.
    I remember when diesel was about 1/3 the price of gas...overtime in post #8, if correct, says why it ain't so anymore. A lot of my farming neighbors in Oregon, way back when, switched to diesel for anything they could. Then Maxwell's hammer came down upon their heads.

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    http://oxe-diesel.com/performance/

    Bet expensive but interesting

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    I wonder if they will roll coal?

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    Says 42% better than a modern 2 stroke? So pretty similar to a new 4 stroke?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanielApplin View Post
    Says 42% better than a modern 2 stroke? So pretty similar to a new 4 stroke?
    I think a new 4 stroke would fall somewhere in the middle
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    I'll check again but I heard from someone considering distributing them they should approach twice the efficiency of a 4 stroke
    They look pretty good and also the ability of cabin heat plus less maintenance intervals, belt drive all look pretty attractive.
    For recreational users don't think it'd pencil out; I'm going to seriously consider one when they hit the market. At about 1000 hrs a year on my boat, seems to make sense to go with one of these
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    If it were from a major manufacture, I would be more optimistic, but I have seen these come and go over the years where people make it to a prototype stage and then it dies. I would not mind a 30hp diesel kicker for my boat though, it sure would extend my go home range and decrease the time if my main had problems. Another thing to consider is that a chunk of the performance from inboard diesels comes from the duoprop IO, which is very efficient. I checked mine this weekend and I was getting 2.8 statute miles per gallon while cruising at 33mph.
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