Q: Hi Mick. I just received my annual engine and transmission oil-sample reports, and as you can see from the attached sample from my starboard engine, the lead reading is very high for the second year in a row. I would appreciate any comments you might have on the sample sheet from the oil analyst. But I am most concerned whether I am going to have to replace this engine or if there something that can be done without removing it from the boat (1997 Sea Ray 370 Express Cruiser). The port engine was replaced a year or so ago. I am guessing there are 600 to 700 hours on the starboard engine. It has been marina-serviced for its entire life. Thanks for your thoughts. Dick Buttrick Cape Cod, Massachusetts
A: Mr. Buttrick, you can baby that engine and treat it to frequent oil changes, but the fact remains it’s a 10-year-old inboard engine used in salt water. I’d recommend repower, based on the information provided. The Sea Ray 370 EC is a fine boat and worth such an investment. G’luck!