A friend left Florida
with westerbeke 8kw 2 cylinder 3,600 rpm
. Today in Malaysian waters, his out of production 12 year old westerbeke elbow
were still leaking after being welded so many times. For the last leg up, he cruised without the use genny which he abuses for his kettle, microwave and hot water
showers. The heat exchanger
bleeder screw broke with the stud in the thread. luckily the mechanic
could get it out for a replacement screw. The external water
container leaked at the holder groove.
Another 51ft aluminium sailboat with an onan, had it overhauled for a lot $$$ and 2 weeks before leaving, he detected water in the oil! Immediately he bought a new Kohler. His reason - he does not want to be working on his genset on his way across the Indian Ocean
possible choices for genset without electronics/motherboard :
Betamarine uk for kubota engine
, Phasor - kubota, NL.
If I have the $$,$$$ nothing beats having a reliable genset, at least for the next 5 years of serious use.