in my current boat
, have owned boats with Westerbekes in the past and have some strong opinions on the brand, good and bad.
rips you for the parts
. I figured out my W58 is identical to the Perkins 4.154
with red paint
instead of blue. Perkins water
pump I bought for under $100. The red version almost $300 and they are identical
That's the bad news. The good news generally uses heavy duty, commercial
grade blocks from Mitsubishi and similar sources for their engines. These engines could be good for 10,000 - 20,000 hours with good care and a little luck.
or not I would base on a few things. First and foremost when, where and how long are going to cruise
? If you plan to take off for 1000 miles south of Nowhere and hang out for a few years then repower might sound more attractive. Also how deep are your pockets? If you have endless money
then why not grab a couple of new engines.
Regardless, I would maybe play it by ear. If you get the boat
use the engines for a while and see how they do.