has just informed me that due to the paucity of parts
, rebuilding my 22 year old Westerbeke
could cost nearly as much as a new one. I told him I'd send him some rebuild
kit links from Australia
at a tenth of the price
of Westerbeke's, but this has me thinking of the upside of repowering with a new, warranted diesel
So I will throw it out there to the esteemed readers: If you were to purchase
a new diesel in the 50-60 HP range to power a steel
41 foot pilothouse motorsailer
(the sailing qualities are strong enough that we will sail more than motor), what would you purchase
Some particular considerations:
1) This hypothetical repower
would be going into a long-distance cruiser. We are looking to circumnavigate.
2) This will be turning a 19 x 15 VariProp four-blade feathering prop on a 1.25-inch shaft.
3) The engine
will be on soft mounts and attached to an Aquadrive universal coupler/thrust bearing installation
4) The engine
would rarely be used to make power without pushing the boat. Extensive solar
generation are the primary amp-makers, not an alternator
. The engine, however, once on, would be run at load until fully warmed up...like a "poop pump" run every four or five days a few miles out of an anchorage. At that time, I would be happy to make amps from a 90-100 amp alternator
5) The engine would probably be run 800-1000 hours per year. Ease of maintenance
, ease of acquiring spares and sheer robustness are prime considerations. Weight is not, nor are complications like intercoolers, turbos, etc. If I need to service
the thing, I want to have it as simple as possible.
I am leaning toward Beta Marine's Kubota-based engine, but I would love to hear contending opinions. I am cross-posting this to Anything-Sailing.com and Sailnet to gather as wide a response as possible.