I'm replacing a Westerbeke
W-52 with a Beta 60 in my steel
boat, and am nearly finished (which is good as I launch at the end of April).
There have been a lot of variables, but you can scale to your Alberg
. Being a whole new engine (about $11K, or not much more than for half the hp, note), I've popped for various steel
fabrications, a new Variprop, a new Aquamet 22 prop, a new AquaDrive CV, new adapter plates, a new PSS, a Shaft Shark, yada, yada, yada. I'm also paying a friend whose done this job before to help out, and it's saved me time in figuring out the process and in getting it right on the first try.
We've not even touched on the changes to the fuel
system, the purchases of a FilterBoss and the loads of labour involved, including the construction of an in-pilothouse engine gantry/chain fall to make "flying" the engine a one-hander job, and loads and loads of research
I've also had to solicit help from Polecat operators to hoist old engines out and drop new ones (gently) in.
Nonetheless, if this costs me only $22K (or twice the cost of the purchase) from the decision to disconnect a working engine in need of rebuild
to the turning of the key on the new engine, I will feel not only fine with things, but as if I got some sort of price
break because I did a lot of the work and research
myself, and resorted to outside help only when I had researched enough to know when to bring in outside help because it would save time (hiring the friend who had done a very similar steel boat repower
with Aquadrive and feathering prop upgrade) or when I lacked the equipment
or the skills (big ol' stick welder to affix 1/2-inch steel to the hull) to do it myself.
I speak from experience (still ongoing) of a years-long refit
process, and from not having had, by dint of what I hope is loads of research and a clear evaluation of what I am really
capable of doing myself, much in the way of bad surprises.
You can read about it in more detail in my blog starting with
The world encompassed: Another nautical milestone passed...or is that "mile buoy"?
So even if you exhibit a Scottish gene as I do, count on this as being twice as expensive and take three times as long as you've planned. Unless you install them for a living, or care to pay someone to do the whole thing, in which case count on four times the price in half the time.