Sorry about the incoherence of my first post.
I have been seriously considering repowering. The Volvo has so far refused to quit but when I have had to replace bits the costs quoted by volvo have been eye watering.
So I started to read the forums
and most people seem to go with Beta or Yanmar
I wrote to Beta and this is the reply I got.
Good morning Steve,
The Flexofold propeller
that you have won't work on any new engine
so donít worry about the pitch
. The new engines have completely different characteristics to the old ones and in addition, the old Volvo needed a left hand propeller
for fwd and the new engines call for a right hand propeller for fwd.
Here on the east coast
we give 15% discount off list price
of the engine plus any additional items but I cannot quote for an engine going to WA or to BC.
I suggest that you contact Ethan who is the west coast
distributor. He is based in Sausalito and his email
If you are staying in BC, contact Ben Gartside who is the Canadian distributor. His email
is in Sidney, BC.
If you go with the Beta 30 with 2.5:1 transmission
ratio, my propeller calculator calls for a 17"x11" three blade RH propeller and estimates a max boat speed under power of 7.25 knots. Flexofold make a good 3 blade
folding prop that also has good reverse. You will not get the same performance with a 2 blade
I have started a multi year cruise
and so the extra .5 to 1.0 knot
of sailing speed makes a huge difference. Also the Beta 30 seems a little small compared to what I have now.
Did not mention about a transmission that will allow me to keep the prop. But a new folding one is expensive. Just a plug
for the Flex o fold. It is simple strong and works. The difference in winds under 15 knots is remarkable.
Anyway I will contact them again and ask the direct question. about gearbox