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Old 25-01-2010, 14:37   #1
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Hi all-
I have a 32'westsail that I have owned for 6 years with no real problems.
I am considering replacing my atomic-4 with a new beta marine-14 and was wondering if anyone has any experience with Beta Marine. Would the 14 be an adaquate replacement for a boat of my size? My decision to go with the beta is based on configuration and installation ease. The beta-14 will bolt right onto my existing mounts and will be very easy for me to service in the space I have. I live in sequim washington and also am looking for a reliable place to have the work done. I was told about a small outfit on Point Hudons there in Port Townsend called Sea Marine whom I believe is a Beta dealer ( Does any have any experience working with this outfit? Any help would be great... thanks!

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Old 25-01-2010, 15:01   #2
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The Beta14 is far too small for a Westsail32, given the displacement and broad entry you need the Beta38. To confirm this speak with Bud Taplin at Worldcruiser (Mr Westsail himself), he specs this engine, you can also speak with Stan at Contact Beta Marine US Ltd. Distributors for Kubota based marine diesel engines and generators for sailboats, yachts and trawler boats. There are also specific transmission and exhaust requirements for the Westsail 32.

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Old 25-01-2010, 15:15   #3
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I used to owned a CSY 33 that shares some of the qualities of the Westsail 32. The 38 would not be over powered and a better choice. The 14 would be OK for in and out of the slip on a clam day. After that you can't go any place with it. The Beta tends to fit easier as a replacement for the Atomic 4 so is usually a good choice.

You can also rebuild the Atomic 4 or go with something else. Fitting all the stuff that attaches to the engine is the key. Most any block sort of fits except for the mounts. The rest of the parts need to fit as well. You want something that might not be hell to work on too. Where parts end up can make an engine easy or your worst nightmare as far as doing the regular things you do. Any re power needs a lot of planning to compare the costs and the alternatives.
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Old 25-01-2010, 15:49   #4
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The current offerings in the Universal line up can also fit an Atomic4 foot print.
30-40HP would be the target size for a Westsail 32
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Old 25-01-2010, 15:52   #5
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There are a lot of other costs when going from Gas to Diesel

Other than the normal mounting issues you will need....

New Exhaust Lines/Muffler
New Fuel Lines
New Fuel Filter
New Tankage
New Gauge Panel
New Control Cables

Stan is a pretty good guy at Beta...I have spoken with him a few times


Why not rebuild/repalce with an A4?
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Speak to Larry at Sea Marine. He is a good guy to work with.

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