Hi, not sure how relevant but you question seemed to be about the westerbeke's. I have just done quite a bit of work on my W46. The most difficult piece for me to source was the rear oil seal
. The rest of the parts
seem to be readily available, but not necessarily cheap
. Despite what people say, I have not had much luck sourcing parts
from tractor, forklift, and other non-marine versions because Westerbeke
tweaked the engines quite a bit.
I cannot speak about the v drive as I have a straight transmission
, but its probably the Hurth
V drive of the same trans I have. If you need anything other than replacing the seals
, its better just to get a new replacement hurth
. Make sure its oversized (probably bigger than the one you currently have), as manufacturers seem to undersize the hurths for "continuous" use in the marine
With that said, its not a very difficult engine
to work with given enough room. They are work horses.
When we did the calculation of how much it would cost in engine
I'm not sure we would have come out ahead. The standard replacement these days for a Westerbeke is a Beta Marine
. Your engine is small enough that an outright replacement might be affordable, but maybe not necessary.