Our Beta Marine
90 with it's Hurth
has operated flawlessly for almost 1,400 hours but just a few days ago, as we were pulling into the Port Denarau Marina in Fiji
, the transmission
began to make a very significant 'clunking' sound when I shifted into forward. As we were just about to haul out
, I dismissed the problem as worn rubber stops on the Gori folding prop but once the boat was out of the water
, I could see that the stops were fine as was the cutlass bearing. Now that we're back at the dock
, I've done some more investigation and I've determined that the motor
mounts are OK as is the R&D flexible coupling. Something is definitely going on inside the transmission.
Here's my quandary: We're leaving for California
in a week. I could tear things down now but that might mean leaving everything apart for the next three months (that's how long we're scheduled to be gone) but getting parts
in the US would be substantially easier than getting parts
here in Fiji
. On the other hand, we could wait until we get to Australia
but that's almost 1,400 miles away.
What would you do?
Fair winds and calm seas.