I recently acquired a 1996 Catalina 320
powered by a Westerbeke
30B Three. Yesterday, I determined that the oil
sump needs to be replaced due to a rusty area just forward of where the sump drain hose connects to the sump. The rust has progressed such that I have a significant oil leak
(many drops per minute).
I am trying to figure out if I can replace the sump without lifting the engine
. The installation
is such that if I can slide the sump forward immediately after removing the screws, I will be able to get it out. However, if the crankshaft, connecting rods, or other pieces extend into the sump such that I have to lower the sump before I can start sliding it forward, I will probably have a clearance problem between the engine
block and the deck
I have not been able to discern from looking at the engineering drawings on the Westerbeke
website whether there are pieces that extend into the sump and how far they go down. Does anyone have experience with this or a similar repair? I would appreciate any helpful thoughts.