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Forums / Technical / Is the PW 27 a practical inboard engine?  
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Posted: 11 Nov 2010 at 9:22pm
A question for those of you who have a Dolphin with a PW 27 inboard engine: Is this still a serviceable engine, or is it too much of a headache? I ask because the Dolphin 24 is on my short list of boats from which I'll select my next boat, and that seems to be the most common inboard engine in Dolphins. (I know that many Dolphins are outboard powered, but I prefer an inboard, if it's a decent engine). My current boat has a Palmer P60 engine. That's a totally different engine from the PW 27, but at least I know what it's like to maintain an antique engine, with limited parts availability, no familiarity among local mechanics, etc., etc. I guess I might rephrase my question as, Are you generally satisfied with your PW 27, or do you have to spend too much time tinkering with it?
David Blakey
VintageCat 22
Norfolk, VA

Posted: 03 Dec 2010 at 10:58am
Hi David
Every time I got to the barn and see the Palmer 27 sitting on the bench that we took out of Passage I wonder if we will ever put in back in her. And we spent $1000 reconditioning it!

I think if you have a nearby technician who really knows this motor that's good news. If not, then your question is a really good one. There are several Dolphins out there still running with that motor. Those owners know the answer and I hope one or more check in with their answer to your question.
Marionette, #12

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