Hello all, I just registered with this group because, after careful consideration of several bluewater yacht brands (we are past Pacific Seacraft owners), and time spent as crew on a Super Maramu, we have (almost) decided to purchase our own Amel. Next week we are headed for Martinique to look at a few and I have a question for the group.
We will be looking at 2 Santorins and a SM.
My question: One of the Santorins, a 1991, was re-powered in 2011 with a "Midif MD 1760." Looking this up I find it is a 50-hp turbocharged Mitsubishi-built engine, distributed by Midif in France. I could find no reviews or discussion on this engine anywhere online. Does anybody have any experience with or reliable info on this engine? Reliability? Is it suitable for a Santorin? I assume all parts and support would need to come from the distributor in France.
I will know more after a week on Martinique, but I am trying to be a well-informed shopper...
The other Santorin, a 1999, while "younger", has its original Volvo engine with 3300 hr (and original standing rigging), vs. the "older" Santorin which has the young Midif engine with 812 hr (and new standing rigging and seacocks).
Don't want to post too much at once. Thanks for any advice.