I repowered a 36 sloop
that was wrecked in a storm. I was rebuilding the boat to use, not sell. While out cruising I was one of the few who had zero engine,tranny problems. When motoring for days at a time I enjoyed the smooth quietness and confidence my little red beta gave me. If your plan is extended cruising
then I would recommend a repower over a rebuild.
8 years later finds me repowering another boat, 40 motor
sailor. The old Nissan/ Chrysler diesel
was a rusted hulk after sitting idle for 18 years. Because of my experience with the Beta I chose a beta 50 for the new diesel. The Beta Marine
50 came with engine mounts, top of the line control panel
cooler for trans with oil
lines, damper plate, just bolt to trans, bolts included also, 100 amp alternator
with serpintine belt. $12,000 . I do all the labor myself. Took 2 days work to build new engine beds, 200 bucks for fiberglass
materials. New 1 1/4 shaft, fit and face new split coupling, rd flexible coupling, new stuffing box, $1500. Rebuild BW. Velvet drive trans $800. New water lift muffler
,exhaust hose, clamps, fuel
lines, raw water
hook up,etc about $ 1000.
It is very easy to align the shaft coupling when using the RD flex coupling. Not because you can have slight misalignment. Took me 1 1/2 with a feeler gauge adjusting the mounts that came with the engine, same as last time.
Installing a new engine is a lot of work but like most things just a bunch of small steps, not much harder than changing a car engine. My 2 cents. Chuck