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Old 11-11-2015, 15:00   #31
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Re: What the heck is Westerbeke?

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Ah you mean it's a cheap engine or more specifically a engine for cheap people
Hey aluijten, lighten up, I can see you turned rood...

Westerbeke definitely is not cheap, and I am not cheap either, I am just frugal...

If I was cheap I would buy a Vetus...

Calm down, this was a joke!
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Old 11-11-2015, 16:01   #32
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I've been combing the "Cats for Sale" ads for years now and am VERY close to just throwing a dart to pick my boat. Today I saw something I liked but the engines are "Westerbeke". I have NEVER seen that before?!?!? Any Westerbeke engine owners out there or even anyone with knowledge to share?

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I have a 150 HP 6-cyl main engine and a 4-cyl 75 HP gen-set made in 1983. They are red-painted marinized versions of other commercial engines. I know the 150 was British Leyland used in London busses. Less expensive parts are obtained from British junk yards & recyclers. It has countless thousands of hours. Newer Westerbekes may be base motors from a number of makers. Older UK built boats often had Westerbeke.
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Old 12-11-2015, 01:19   #33
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If I was cheap I would buy a Vetus...
Calm down, this was a joke!
That's not a joke. That is reality
Looked at those engines close up not too long ago. Not bad engines I believe but designed in the stone-age. I'm guessing they source them from a Mitsubishi museum. The weight power ratios are from last century.
Price levels in Holland are pretty much the same as Volvo Penta by the way.
In Holland these engines are popular for motor boats. Very few end up in sailing yachts.
Volvo Penta uses Perkins blocks as well, just like Westerbeke. VP and Yanmar are the most popular amongst sailing yachts on side of the pond
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Re: What the heck is Westerbeke?

As someone said, Westerbeke modifies a number of engines..including John Deere. .....sort of like the Vetus supplier of gens and propulsion. ....
Never really liked them, but they were price competitive
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