Originally Posted by David M
Get rid of the Westerbeke
. More than one diesel mechanic
I have talked to has not had pleasant things to say about them. I had them as original engines on my boat as well.
I don't know mine has 2865 hours on her and runs like an absolute top. The only failures have been wear items like water
. She has not had one oil leak
from an engine gasket
, has perfect compression
and burns not one drop of oil
Finally, at almost 2900 hours of use the rear main seal, between the tranny and engine
, is weeping ever so slightly her first minor oil leak
. I will replace it over the winter and it's an easy job.
Based on my successes with our Westerbeke
I'd buy another in a heart beat. I'd also buy a Yanmar
, Nanni, Beta, Vetus or Universal as they are ALL marinized Japanese engines these days. Some of the earlier Westerbekes came from marinized European engines which were reportedly not as reliable as the newer Mitsubishi's but I have seen many older ones with high hours. Ours is a 4cyl Mitsubishi..
I don't know too many sailors that will ever even get to 2k hours of use let alone almost three. Our boat has done the ditch a number of times and also has engine driven refrigeration
and that's where the hours come from..
The only engine I personally will not buy again is a Volvo
but only because I owned one and parts
availability kept me out of commission for an entire season over a $30.00 proprietary part. It's more of a grudge thing than they are "bad" engines..