My name is Captain
Sharon. I am owner/operator of a live-aboardsailing school
for women in Maine
. This is my 21st year in business.
I sail a 44' Pearson
In 2004, we re-powered with a 6 cyl 120 HP Westerbeke
with a Borg Warner Velvet Drive transmission
The new installation
was a bit rocky with a pretty significant vibration issue which was eventually resolved.
The 1st transmission
failure was at 400 hours in front of the customs dock
. Another failure occurred in the Bahamas
in 2010. We were fortunate to discover Stela Maris Marina on Long Island
Since that time, we have had 4 damper plate failures and either a transmission rebuild
or replacement . We currently have 4000 hours on the engine
I have asked our mechanics/installers, Westerbeke
tech support, sales people and managers, what can possibly be the problem. I have received many responses, but no answers .
The most memorable response was from the Manager of Hansen Marine
in Marblehead, where we purchased the engine
. "Well, Sharon, maybe you just need to consider a replacement of the damper plate as part of your annual maintenance
You can imagine my reaction to this flip response.
Thousands of $$$$ later, I am reaching out to find out if anyone has had or know of a similar issue.