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post #62 of Old 04-05-2013
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Re: Westerbeke vs Yanmar

Our personal experience is with a Westerbeke 55B. We had a blown head gasket. My husband took everything apart and ordered new valves. MONTHS later, we FINALLY received new valves...the wrong ones! This is despite camping out in a yard that is a Westerbeke dealer, and the distributor nearby too! We pondered how bad it would be if we were stranded in some obscure location! We were so frustrated that we were considering replacement despite the cost/hassle barrier. (Beta would probably have been top choice). Anyway, we finally got the right parts and rebuilt engine. It will have to prove itself before we feel any warm fuzzies, though.
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