Many, if not most Westerbeke
engines are Mitsubishi. Westerbeke
guards their suppliers as a corporate secret so they can extort their end users. We owners of these products are not customers in Westerbeke's view from my bad experiences. We are "End Users". Only the boat
manufacturers and distributors are their customers, not even dealers.
I had to buy a head gasket
for a 3 cylinder 5.0 diesel
I did a lot of research
yesterday and found the Mitsubishi engine
model (not In any of their literature) and found a tractor company that carries parts
...$59.00. They found that but ran into a dead end on valves Springs and seals
. I found a local John Deer parts
guy that found (after a LOT of research) came up with an exploded assembly drawing with parts numbers. I googled the part number for a valve and there it was. Ace Power Systems, Mitsubishi parts dealer, Miami
. It was late Fri, so I will report next week.
The general rule
seems to be if the part has Westerbeke written on it divide the cost by 4 for what you SHOULD be paying at retail elsewhere. A similiar John Deere valve at retail is about $30. The Westerbeke valve is $72.00. I will post the price
of the exact same valve in Mitsubishi packaging vs the $72. Westerbeke repackaged valve.
You might be wondering why I am going to this trouble to post this. The
My distaste for Westerbeke goes deep. As I think told on this forum last year I have a list of broken appointments with another dealer with no call, no cooperation from the distribution and the corporate office treated me as a PITA, even though I was, they are not supposed to teat an "End User" as such. This company was built by Daddy, now Jr inherited. Guess the rest of the story.
Sometimes it is more than just tiring to be extorted because you have a "Yacht" and the adjective "Marine" in front of the product somehow justifies a 2x, 3x, 4x price
premium. thought ya'all might like to know.