We have been using boats for different reasons, fishing, racing, or just to enjoy a hot day in the sun, but there are a few factors to keep in mind when it comes down to buying the engines for your boat. Diesel? Gasoline? Which one is better? here we are some key pointers to keep in mind when deciding what type of engine fits your needs and your boat’s needs best.
There are some variables that affect the final cost of an engine, like brand, power and fuel type! Specially the fuel type. Comparing 2 boats with similar specifications, one being diesel and the other one being gasoline, we found that diesel engines can be 2 or 3 times the cost of a gasoline engine. That means while a gasoline engine can cost around 11-12K, a diesel with similar specs can go for 38-40K, making the gasoline engine the cheaper option.
It is widely known that diesel engines are more efficient than gasoline (around 10% more efficient) and besides that, diesel prices around the world tend to be under gasoline prices, so if the cost of the engine is not really an important factor, then performance wise you want a diesel powered boat.
It's safe to say that diesel engines will last longer than gasoline engines considerably as long as proper maintenance is performed. But if a catastrophic failure was to happen, replacement of the diesel parts would outweigh the replacement of gasoline engine parts by a significant amount.
Making a decision on what engine to buy is no easy task, keep in mind why you are buying it and your budget. Once you have your boat ready, give us a call! We will refuel it every time you want to go out for a sail!