When it comes to a boat engine, which is best? Petrol or diesel, inboard or outboard? Stu Davies answers your questions. PBO engine expert Stu Davies comments: “An interesting question. In the ‘olden days’ petrol engines were relatively easy and cheap to manufacture, lighter and simple to operate and easily maintained by owners.” Outboards are not so good. There is also the case for diesel for use in outboards. Despite recent advances small diesel outboards are still not mainstream. Larger units can be seen powering RIBS, sportsboats and military vessels, but for a yacht they’re not so suitable.
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