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Old 24-11-2012, 18:19   #1
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Returning to the sea

I built a 39' sailboat with my parents which we sailed for two years around the Caribbean 24 years ago. After starting a family, raising two kids, and going through an ugly separation/divorce, I've bought a Beneteau 38s5 project without an engine and I'll be damned if I don't take off again! Given the snow here in Canada my deadline is the end of August next year. I bought a seized diesel and transmission which I have rebuilt back to life - I will be starting the engine next weekend! I don't have a lot of money but enough to get going. I'm extremely handy having built the last boat, rebuilt several cars, renovated houses, and more. I know I'll make it somehow - maybe I'll be able to make ends meet by helping others out their who love this life but don't have the same technical skills I do. Like others on the board say, you just have to pick a date and go! Love the forum and all the great info - I'm excited to get into the latest onboard systems and see the world anew! Hope to meet some of you out there next year!
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Old 24-11-2012, 19:21   #2
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fair winds and following seas...
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Old 24-11-2012, 20:08   #3
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The best of luck with your project and with the determination you are showing, I am sure you'll realize your plans. In what part of Canada are you?

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Old 24-11-2012, 20:12   #4
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The best of luck with your project and with the determination you are showing, I am sure you'll realize your plans. In what part of Canada are you?

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Thanks for the encouragement. I live in Ottawa but spend a fair bit of time in Montreal.
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Great. I hope will be able to share the progress, the bad and the good stuff.
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Old 26-11-2012, 15:02   #6
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good for you.
What kind of engine?
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Old 26-11-2012, 15:33   #7
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Thanks. I found a Westerbeke W30 and have been able to rebuild it by ordering parts for a BMC 1.5, Thornycroft 91, and Leyland 154 mini tractor, which are all the same basic engine except the parts are WAY cheaper, even when shipping from the UK to Canada!
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Hey Turquoise

I have a Westerbeke 30B3, with a Mitsubishi block. I was able to get the Mitsubishi parts manual, but still don't know which tractors those engines were on, if I did it would help to source the parts. How did you cross reference yours to a tractor?
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I have a Westerbeke 30B3, with a Mitsubishi block. I was able to get the Mitsubishi parts manual, but still don't know which tractors those engines were on, if I did it would help to source the parts. How did you cross reference yours to a tractor?
I think it was on this forum where I saw people saying they bought W30 parts from England by searching for parts for a BMC 1.5. Then, while searching for parts for a BMC 1.5 I found eBay sellers and others that listed certain parts as fitting other engines, like the thornycroft and leyland. Searching tractor sites for those engines I found that they were indeed identical.

I would try searching for common parts like a thermostat, injector, head gasket, etc. maybe you'll stumble across the same kinds of cross references.
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Welcome and good luck!
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Old 26-11-2012, 19:46   #11
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Welcome Turquoise...You might say..."We're in the same boat". I am a Canuck (Hamilton) but living in a debatable warmer place and this boat I have now also had a dead engine when I bought it...a Westerbeke W46, based on a Mitsubishi 4DQ5 forklift engine.
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Welcome to the forum. Glad to see another Canadian on here! We call Halifax, Nova Scotia home.
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