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Old 11-26-2017, 07:24 PM
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Used to be on here but moved from eastern Canada to Western Canada couple of years ago and forgot my password so I just started fresh again.
Sailing a Cal 29 (Hull # 3) now, had a Catalina 27 back east.
Catalina had an A4,. With this Cal I have had to go to the dark and sooty side with the diesel that was in it. After two years and a lot on money I have got it working good but HONESTLY I would rather have my old A4 back.
Ran quiet and smooth with no smell and had lots of reserve power. Granted the diesel is less hp at 21 but I never came close to using all the A4's power in the C27. I am quite sure this Cal came with an A4 when new.
That's off my chest now so hi everyone!
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Old 11-27-2017, 08:23 AM
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What diesel do you have? If I recall, the factory was installing Volvo's but with hull #3 that was a long time ago.
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Old 11-29-2017, 10:28 PM
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My diesel is a universal m25 xp (Kubota 850 I think)
It is all right but I would like a bit more power.
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Hmmm, the M25 should be more than enough power for a Cal 29. Are you sure yours is running properly? When was the last time the injectors and air cleaner were serviced?
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Thanks for your interest Neil but it is running good, will get up to hull speed plus a bit if you don't mind the noise.. I spent enough money on it that it should get the boat airborne.
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I'm glad for you it's running well and sorry it cost what it did to get it there but with that information I don't understand the desire for more power if you're achieving hull speed with power to spare.

Except for the unavoidable noise and stank, the M25 has a good reputation other than the alternator mount on the timing gear cover. It eventually breaks the cover and a replacement is not available. If yours has the cover mount the sooner you look into the improved configuration the better, certainly while your timing gear cover is still intact.

http://www.pbase.com/mainecruising/u...rnator_bracket
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That engine or prop has some kind of issue if your power is insufficient. Plenty of bigger boats use the same or smaller size diesel. The C&C 34 came with an A4 or an 18 HP Yanmar for one example.
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