A modern engine refit
QI am looking to buy a narrowboat and like the idea of the separate engine room, most of the boats I see have old-fashioned engines. My question is: How big a job would it be to replace these with a modern engine and would the old one be worth anything? DTORDOFF
ATONY REPLIES: There is no answer to this unless one can inspect the boat, take measurements, get the measurements for the new engine and gearbox. Then the likely number of hours and parts required to complete the job can be calculated. One thing I am sure of is that it will not be cheap. Budget for at least £10,000 and it may well double. Again the worth of the old engine will depends upon exactly what it is and what sort of state it’s in. Something very rare and desirable in good condition may well pay for the conversion with money left over. Something fairly common in poor condition may only fetch little more than scrap value. Unless you can give more details I can’t say more.
A boat with a traditional stern with engine room