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  • More on Performance Diesels

    And How Money Grows Wings

    This article is written with several ideas in mind. Foremost is to provide you with some insight into some of the problems and real costs of owning a high performance diesel powered boat. Secondly, to give some insight and tips on what you face when purchasing a used boat with  high performance diesel engines. Entire Article

  • Comparing Diesel Types

    Two Cycle, Four Cycle

    Check out the Internet forums and you will see these questions asked over and over again: What is the best diesel engine choice for a boat. In a way, that is sort of like asking what woman you should marry, since the question is posed without any parameters. Or at least parameters that questioners are capable of defining. Entire Article

  • Diesel Engines

    Report on Aluminum Cooling System Component Failures

    Two years ago, in response to a question about the longevity of Yanmar diesel engines, I wrote that I had serious reservations about the extensive use of cast aluminum components on those engines. Up to that time, we hadn't heard of any serious problems with the engines, but then, they were fairly new on the market at that time. Entire Article

  • Power Options

    : Gas Versus Diesel

    Most people make choices based on popular beliefs, without any real understanding of the nature of this rather complex subject. In this essay I will attempt to dispel some of the myths, and give a brief discussion of the basis by which one should consider the pros and cons of each choice.  Entire Article

  • "Which is best?" they ask, as if one form of power were universally better than the other. Like most things in life, each type of engine is better suited for some applications than others. It all depends on your needs, the type of boat you own, and how you use it. Entire Article

  • Gas Engines

    4 Gold Stars to Crusader

    Of all the questions we are asked, one of the most frequent is which gas engine is best.
    I have some very definite opinions about that because I perform a lot of gas engine surveys, as well as engine failure analysis for insurance companies, meaning that my perspective is not based on the "virtual reality" of dockside chat, but what happens to this vital machinery in the real world based on thousands of surveys. So let's get to it. Entire Article

  • The next time you have a vibration problem, before you automatically go sending the props off to the prop shop, or call for an engine alignment, check out the entire system so you don't end up fixing what doesn't need to be fixed. Entire Article

  • When it comes to yacht maintenance, one of the least understood and most overlooked systems that require maintenance, engine and shaft alignment probably heads the list. Here's a short list of the problems associated with incorrect alignment and poor or worn out engine mounts: Entire Article

  • From Maintenance, Repairs & Troubleshooting

  • Whether you're a stinkpotter or rag boater, this arcane and disinteresting subject is of major importance to your wallet.

    All marine inboard engines have exhaust risers. The exhaust riser has two functions: (1)  to keep water from backing up into the engine through the exhaust piping and, (2) it serves as the device that introduces cooling water into the exhaust exit piping system. If the riser fails to accomplish either of those jobs successfully, the end result is the arrival of Uncle Big Bill on the scene. Entire Article

  • From Buying a Boat or Yacht

  • It's Got Recent Overhauls!

    - Dealing with Engines Part I

    Typical Situation: After signing a contract, a client arrives in town from out of state for a survey.  He was told by the buyer that the engines were recently overhauled. Upon completion of the survey, the buyer is told by the surveyor that there is no evidence of recent overhauls. The engines are rusty, there's no sign of a bolt having been turned. Maybe there's some sign of recent spray paint activity of the hit and miss variety. Entire Article

  • What Does an Overhaul entail?

    -Dealing with Engines Part II

    In the first part of this series, we discussed how to view the claim that a used boat has overhauled or rebuilt engines. The bottom line is to view such claims with suspicion until the claim can be proven. In this part we discuss in greater detail why that is so, and just how complex the issue can be. Entire Article

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  • Chapter 9   Power Options (Mid Size Power Boats)

  • Chapter 12 Gas Engines (Surveying Fiberglass Power Boats)

  • Chapter 14  Exhaust Systems ((Surveying Fiberglass Power Boats)

  • Chapter 9   Machinery Failure Analysis (Marine Investigations)

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Buyers' Guide to Outboard Boats Surveying Fiberglass Power Boats (2E)

David Pascoe - Biography

David Pascoe is a second generation marine surveyor in his family who began his surveying career at age 16 as an apprentice in 1965 as the era of wooden boats was drawing to a close.

Certified by the National Association of Marine Surveyors in 1972, he has conducted over 5,000 pre purchase surveys in addition to having conducted hundreds of boating accident investigations, including fires, sinkings, hull failures and machinery failure analysis.

Over forty years of knowledge and experience are brought to bear in following books. David Pascoe is the author of:

In addition to readers in the United States, boaters and boat industry professionals worldwide from nearly 80 countries have purchased David Pascoe's books, since introduction of his first book in 2001.

In 2012, David Pascoe has retired from marine surveying business at age 65.

On November 23rd, 2018, David Pascoe has passed away at age 71.

Biography - Long version

David Pascoe's
Power Boat Books

Mid Size Power Boats Mid Size Power Boats
A Guide for Discriminating Buyers
Focuses exclusively cruiser class generally 30-55 feet
With discussions on the pros and cons of each type: Expresses, trawlers, motor yachts, multi purpose types, sportfishermen and sedan cruisers.
Buyers' Guide to Outboard Boats
Selecting and Evaluating New and Used Boats
Dedicated for offshore outboard boats
A hard and realistic look at the marine market place and delves into issues of boat quality and durability that most other marine writers are unwilling to touch.
Surveying Fiberglass Powewr Boats
Surveying Fiberglass Power Boats
2nd Edition
The Art of Pre-Purchase Survey The very first of its kind, this book provides the essentials that every novice needs to know, as well as a wealth of esoteric details.
Marine Investigations
Pleasure crafts investigations to court testimony The first and only book of its kind on the subject of investigating pleasure craft casualties and other issues.
Nearly 80 countries
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