Cat Engine To Share

Discussion in 'Inboards' started by robin021, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. robin021
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    robin021 New Member

    Dear Friends,

    I have worked in pleasure craft area for one year.

    I often see many big brand yacht installed CAT main engine from many PC magazine and know CAT engine is good brand.

    but there are no one tell me why CAT engine better ?

    can you help tell me some advantages of CAT pc engine?

    many thanks
     
  2. peter radclyffe
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    peter radclyffe Senior Member

    as far as i know there no better than some, the reason there are so many of them is becayse their spares are everywhere, because of earth moving machines
     
  3. apex1

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    There is no "best" engine brand on earth. And there are many many other well known names in the marine market at least as good as Cat, in some cases and models better.
    MTU, John Deere, Yanmar, MAN, Detroit Diesel, Deutz, Cummins, Mitsubishi, Lugger, Iveco, Volvo, Perkins
    to mention just a few.

    Regards
    Richard
     
  4. robin021
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    robin021 New Member

    thanks peter.

    so really , CAT has globle service net.
     
  5. robin021
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    yes, apex1.

    every brand has his advantage in his matketing.
     
  6. FAST FRED
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    FAST FRED Senior Member

    One thing to research is WHO actually made the engine , and what was it made for?

    Loads of marine engines are simple marinizations of industrial or auto engines.

    The ex industrial engines will usually have 4 or so ratings , giving the power level you can expect with reliability over time.

    The ex auto conversions seldom give any rating other than "pleasure" a VERY VERY LIMITED TIME AT FULL POWER AND ALMOST ALL THE TIME AT 50% OR LESS.

    For the boat you contemplate getting an engine for , there should be a match.

    For a water skier the 450HP Yannmar (BMW conversion) would be far better than a Detroit Series 60 .

    For a trawler , the Series 60 would be the choice not the BMW.

    Seems simple , but most marinization shops try to fudge the facts.

    FF
     
  7. apex1

    apex1 Guest

    As nearly all the others too............
    And away from marketing hype, when engine choice is builders choice (not clients) you do┬┤nt see cats in higher numbers than other major brands, on a worldwide scale.
     
  8. Jimbo1490
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    The different makers have each some of their engines which are 'worth their weight in gold' and a few that are better used as anchors. Cat has some very good ones to be sure. This topic would be a good one fore a new thread, or even several threads, divided by output: Which diesel engine is best in the XX to XX HP/kW range?



    Jimbo
     

  9. FAST FRED
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    FAST FRED Senior Member

    Which diesel engine is best in the XX to XX HP/kW range?


    Define "BEST".

    Low initial cost , low fuel use, low maint requirements , east maint, light, quiet , accelerates quickly ,small , heavy duty , long service life, and dies very slowly are only a few "bests".

    FF
     
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