Originally Posted by Hannah on 'Rita T'
is barely broken in at 3000 hours; dont know about Westerbekes.
Westerbeke is not a manufacturer of engines. They are a converter. That is, they buy so-called "short blocks" and marinize them, adding alternators, heat exchangers, tranmissions, instrument packages, wiring
harness, water lift
pump, etc. and paint
them red. For many years they converted Perkins engines, particularly in the smaller sizes. The waesterbeke 99, 107, and 108 are all similar Perkins engines, many parts
being interchangeable. So even if "Westerbeke" parts
are unavailable or ungodly expensive, many parts can be found with the Perkins crossover.
now uses Japanese engines, usually Mitsubishi or Isuzu. I have had one of each mentioned, and the only complaints are with what Westerbeke does, not with the short block mfgr.