Faced with a decision about the next phase of his boating lifestyle, Rob Leighton had the choice between his current, familiar boat or a new one. He chose the familiar but repowered her a new Volvo Penta D4-260 engine with DPH stern drive package installed by Euromarine.
Rob has owned a 1987 Mariner 2800 since 1996. It was the boat his children enjoyed cruising the Broadwater and up to Peel Island. After decades of happy cruising, Rob was familiar and comfortable with the boat but could see she may not see him through the coming years of retirement cruising. He had repowered the boat previously removing the original engine for a Volvo Penta and had always appreciated the reliability of the engine.
Rob’s criteria were to keep a familiar and reliable power system as, in his own words ‘I didn’t spend my remaining cruising years with my head in the engine bay’. He was also after something economical on fuel and space. Euromarine had serviced Rob’s previous engine 12 months prior, yet after meeting with the team at 2017 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, it was an easy decision to choose another Volvo Penta as well as Euromarine.
“I was fairly certain I wanted a Volvo Penta and the Euromarine team were very attentive in offering a variety of options for both engine and install. We settled on the D4 260 engine coupled with a DPH stern drive standard with electronic controls and multifunctional control panel as it met all the criteria and came up with a mutually beneficial solution and so began the project,” explained Rob.
With a large list of works, Euromarine worked with Rob to schedule the activities and other trades such as the electricians who integrated the new engine with its new electronic controls and a 7-inch glass cockpit – a multifunctional control panel in the helm.
All works were completed and the Mariner 2800 was relaunched from Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard just prior to Christmas. Rob is now enjoying a comfortable cruising speed of 22 knots at 2800 revs and a top speed of 30 knots with less fuel consumption and more space in the engine bay for accessibility.
On behalf of the team at Euromarine, we wish Rob and his family great cruising!