Re: Westerbeke vs Yanmar
I had a reliable Westebeke 4-107 for 15 years and my problems were related to a messy rear seal oil leak and I was a little disappointed with the cost of replacement parts,- poorly machined water pump, and an unavailable heat exchanger. I've had my Yanmar 4JH3E for 11 years and it has also been very reliable though it seems to "eat" oil pressure sensor units,- I'm on my fourth at 6,000 hours. I like my Yanmar that I've owned from new to now. I was less pleased with my Westerbeke, but I owned it from it's 12th to it's 27th year of duty. My answer is a useless mix of anecdotal opinion. I think that. if you take care of them, then they will do you well! If pressed, I would choose the Yanmar!
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