Re: Westerbeke vs Yanmar
We have a Yanmar raw water cooled in our '83 Irwin 34 - original 3GM and I wouldn't trade it for anything (except maybe a freshwater cooled someday). Trouble is, as we maintain it religiously, we have been told that as long as we never use synthetic oil, we might be able to will it to our kids! Our very good friends have a Westerbeke in their Pierson 40 that has created many days of trial and tribulation - transmission, lines, etc. My friends' wife and I now call it "Mr. Westerbeke" to forstall cursing it.
If we ever decide to change boats, I will be hard-pressed to love another boat if it doesn't have a Yanmar in the engine compartment.
I look forward to hearing how you decide to play King Solomon and decide between your desire for the Yanmar and your desire for that heart to heart boat yard relationship!