I jst received in India
(where i build my future 50' cat) my 2 Yanmar
3JH5 and saildrives SD50
And big surprise, they arrived without engine bed
So now, i have two choices :
- buy and have sent here 2 engine bed
, but it will be very expensive and slow
- make a wooden bed, reproducing the precise dimensions of the engine bed (available easily).
Of course, i would prefer to make the bed myself, but i have two doubts :
- if there is any sort of counterplate Under the part where the saildrive
comes in contact with bed? There are 8 bolts tehre holding firmly the engine. I would replace that by 8 big wooden screws in about 4cm of wood; hoping it would allow enough pressure.
- Under the base of the saildrive
is a seal that exceed the surface of about 5mm. This seal seems very hard, and i am wondering if there is any sort of groove on the engine bed (can't see any on pictures), or if the pressure created by the 8 bolts is enough to get saildrive base in full contact with bed (which seems to be, as i see no gap beetween saildrive and bed on the available pictures).
I attach a picture of this seal excess.
Thanks a lot to all of you who have access to this bed, or have used it before and can give me any advice.