Installed a new Beta 38 in X, a Santa Cruz
50. We are anchored in Malakal Harbor, Palau
(on the edge of nowhere in the western pacific). Ordered the engine
. Paid by e-check. Arrived in four weeks by container ship via Hawaii
. Beta 38 with a TMC60 gearbox
. About $10,000 plus $250 freight. $5 duty. Borrowed Sam's pickup truck to fetch it from the port. Plopped it into a friend's dinghy
with the help of a half-dozen local friends. Hoisted out of the dinghy
and down the companionway
in an afternoon. While waiting the weeks for it to arrive here I converted the 30 year old Pathfinder 50 diesel
(VW) to a mooring
, cleaned the 30 years of crud from the engine
box, painted and varnished, made all the hoses and wires pretty, etc.
The gotcha's were:
* The speed and shift controls from the Edson pedestal
are backwards from the Beta idea. But a little fooling around with the Beta Morse mounts solved that nicely.
* Rubber marine
hoses are really hard to find here. I tried to be prepared but the Beta information on hose sizes is wrong. No big deal. Maybe the next island has some 22mm (7/8") hose.
* I had planned the engine mounts pretty carefully. Ordered some parts
. made some others. But it turns out the rear mounts use M10x1.5 screws, but the forward M10x1.0 (fine thread). Grrrr, M10x1.0 is a trick to find among the coconut palms.
* Discovered while hooking up the alternator
that the PERKO battery
switch is either BOTH or OFF. Battery
1 and 2 are shorted inside. That explains why my start battery was often run down. Bugger!
* The Beta Exhaust
is 2". The silenced/water lift
like 2" but turned out to be 1 7/8". Hah! But a toiletpaper tube, ducktape, fiberglass
solved that overnight. Made a sweet fiberglass
tube adaptor by moulding over the built-up tube.
So we be rockin' here. And the Beta is way smoother than that VW. I no longer need to chase all the pots and pans around the galley
after starting the engine.