I re-powered my boat with a Beta 28...
Replaced an older Universal 5424 (3 cyl) that I believe had replaced an Atomic 4...
Purchased through Hirschfeld marine
in Sauscilito... Spoke with the folks on the east coast
and all parties were very professional and very helpful. They understand the dynamics of having a newer brand of boat motor
respective to the old name brands. (Geese, one only needs to look at the extreme opinions on this thread for Mono vs. Cat boats to see how old opinions are difficult to modify) I was and am convinced I made the best purchase
The Beta marine
is engineered with the end user in mind. Besides having the base Kubota diesel motor
(Same as most major brands) the marine
specific components are designed to be user friendly.
The whole transaction completely satisfied me and my anal tendencies. This is an important issue since I was an owner/installer, they completely helped me through the process... I fully recommend the product and the company with it's "old school
style" customer service
Of course this in contrast to the Westerbeke & Universal folks who didn't even bother returning phone
calls when shopping
for costs of new motors... Really, if I had a $10,000 dollar product for sale
, I would for sure be all over any and all leads. I was a serious buyer and they blew it!
I fully recommend the Beta, oh yes, did I share how great it is to do virtually all maintenance
from the front end of the motor? I can do just about every needed check and maintenance
need without climbing in and behind objects just to get to the filters, pumps, injectors, belts and all of those cool things. Oh yes, they have engineered a really cool hand pump installed on the motor to empty the oil
sump making the oil
changes super easy. Makes the whole process quick and way easy.
The company also supplies a parts
list that allows you to purchase
all Kubota parts
at any Kubota tractor supply (Kubota = largest diesel
manufacturer <100hp in the world) so parts and filters are way easy to find and are less cost accordingly.
Just my .02 worth.
No affiliation, just a satisfied, analytical customer.