Imagine you owned 007’s Aston Martin made famous in one of the older James Bond movies. Although in mint condition on the outside, the car has an outdated engine that needs an overhaul after one too many handbrake turns.
Advances in technology mean you can switch to a modern state-of-the-art engine and keep the original features you love. Repowering a boat follows a similar principle. In essence, it’s the equivalent of a heart transplant or overhaul carried out during boat maintenance.
Read on for the low-down on achieving a boat engine repower as we steer you through its many benefits.
What Does Repowering Mean?
Repowering may sometimes mean replacing your boat’s engine with a new one. It’s become an all-encompassing term that can also refer to a complete engine overhaul.
This involves disassembling the current engine. You’d follow this up by giving its components a thorough clean and replacing faulty parts before putting them all back together.
Repowering means you can keep a boat you may have become attached to and that’s in otherwise good working order. Overhauls can be an excellent option if there’s still life in the old engine. They can, however, sometimes work out to be more costly as all motors have a finite lifespan.
Advances in the quality of boat engines mean that by repowering you could fit a new one that will be more efficient and better for the environment.
Signs You Need a Boat Engine Repower
You should check the age of your engine and how many engine hours your boat has clocked up with it. Marine engines will often begin to display minor problems after around the 1000-hour mark.
How well you or previous owners have maintained your boat’s engine will play into your decision about whether to replace it. If maintenance has been continuously poor, the engine will almost inevitably have a shorter life.
There are other clear signs that, when taken together, may make you think it’s time to repower your engine: These include:
Reduced Power and General Overall Performance
The pump may have gradually become depleted of fuel. Fuel keeps the fuel pumps lubricated. Should your fuel filter become blocked or clogged up, it may be stopping fuel from getting to the pump. This can cause an engine to splutter and lose power.
Unusual Noises Such as a Gravel-Like Sound
This could be the result of the engine’s bearings becoming worn. If you hear noises from the tilt motor, it is highly probable there’s air in the fluid.
Deep Vibrations and Excessive Shaking
Typically, vibrations in a boat’s engine can be due to worn engine mounts. If you neglect them, the rubber can get disconnected from the metal. This can cause heavier-than-normal vibrations. The result can be catastrophic.
Poor Fuel Economy and Excessive Heat
Poor fuel economy is often a sign of a lack of regular maintenance. An engine can start to overheat if the cooling loop or radiator begins to fail.
Increased Smoke and Exhaust Fumes
This could be a sign of the wrong fuel-to-oil ratio. Lots of blue-tinged smoke indicates too much oil is burning in the combustion chamber.
Difficulty Starting the Engine
If an engine fails to start or turn over, it’s a clear sign of a serious issue. There could be an electrical problem in the engine that could be stopping it from starting. It’s also possible the fuel lines have become pinched.
The Benefits of Repowering Your Engine
By repowering a boat, you’re essentially getting a brand-new boat for the price of a more modern engine or engine overhaul. That’s provided your boat is in otherwise good shape.
You’ll also be able to take advantage of advances in technology since the original engine began its life. Repowering your boat will increase its value too. There are other advantages as well. These include:
Improved Performance and Fuel Efficiency
More modern outboard engines are cleaner and quieter than older models. Some can even reduce the cost of refuelling a boat by as much as 30 per cent.
Even if you are overhauling your motor, you’ll notice an increase in acceleration, manoeuvrability and cruising speed. Filters get cleaned, components replaced and nuts or bolts tightened up. You’ll hear a pleasanter sound with a deeper, more throaty note.
Depending on your boat’s original rating and capacity, you could consider upgrading your outboard to a more powerful one too. Bear in mind that modern boat engines have a different torque curve when compared to older engines. You can therefore often gain a lot of power by replacing your older engine with a new one.
Reduced Emissions and Environmental Impact
There’s a growing need to comply with ever-changing environmental regulations. A boat repower can lead to a reduction in emissions making the newer engine more environmentally friendly. A newer or overhauled engine will also be quieter and less intrusive to other boat users.
Improved Reliability and Safety
Older motors can be a constant source of service headaches and can even leave you stranded at the dock or on the water.
Newer models have improved safety features and require less maintenance. Outboard engines equipped with the latest technology bring increased convenience, are more flexible and have user-friendly controls and gauges.
Choosing the Right Repower Solution for Your Boat
Whichever repower solutions you’re considering, you should discuss them with an expert servicing team such as Mike’s Marine.
Rebuilding an existing engine is a great solution if there’s a lot of life left in it. If you want to replace your engine with a brand new one, you need to be sure that’s going to be compatible with your boat’s rating and all its other components.
Sometimes retrofitting with a newer or reconditioned engine can be cheaper. It may also be a better fit for older instruments that may feature on your boat.
Boat Engine Repower Brisbane
The crew at Mike’s Marine has a combined 80 years worth of experience in the boat maintenance and marine industry. There’s nothing we enjoy more than talking over options that will improve your boating experience.
So, if you’re considering a repower for your boat, get in touch today with Brisbane’s premier boat servicing specialists.