Yanmar - Dosan or Sole Diesel?

Discussion in 'Diesel Engines' started by yodani, Aug 12, 2014.


Most reliable heavy duty engine in 180-240hp range

  1. Dosan

    1 vote(s)
  2. Yanmar

    3 vote(s)
  3. Sole Diesel

    0 vote(s)
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    FAST FRED Senior Member

    "I have heard many theories about running diesels at low power, generators are an example - 1500rpm for 30.000h ."

    Do not confuse low RPM with low power.

    A good low RPM installation will be using 75 or 80% of the power the engine can generate at THAT! RPM. not at max RPM.

    This is why many vessels will spend the bucks and install a CPP.
    The propeller load can be increases at low RPM.

    When a 2100 rpm engine has a fixed prop pulling back to 1200 or 1500 the prop load at that RPM is so low the engine is no longer operating loaded enough , and can easily burn 50% more fuel per HP.

    A BMEP graph or fuel map will show just where the best operating range RPM & Load HP is.

    If you can find the Cummins , that would be my choice as so many are in cars and trucks parts will be cheaper (maybe 1/2 or 1/3 ) of a marine small volume conversion.

    Ask any Volvo owner,,,,about the price of unobtanium parts.

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    yodani Senior Member

    aussietrev thanks for the reply. Parts will not be a big problem as the dealer here is Watermota and they are serious. I think I will go with Dosan or Scania in the end. Will see how the final price will be. Will also change the propeller to a 4 blades and see what the results will be. I was thinking about a Kort nosel but I am afraid it will suck wood from the bottom and get clogged...

    Efficiency and reliability are my two goals... Fast Fred. I think I will power according to the calculations so will go with 180-250hp and appropriate propeller. I will keep those engines loaded :) ...

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