Originally Posted by sailingdog
If you plan to cruise outside of the US, stay away from Beta Marine, which does not have service or support in other parts of the world IIRC.
Beta is built on a Kubota block and one of the easiest to service anywhere in the world. If they have small industrial or tractor engines then they have Beta Marine parts. The only parts needed from Beta themselves are the heat exchanger or exhaust parts. In the unlikely event you need them just have them sent to wherever.
All the best,
Disclaimer, I repowered last year with Beta Marine and found both the dealer, Steve Gaber, in FL and the importer great. I am a very happy customer and I selected Beta for myself after being a Yanmar dealer for many many years.