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Old 11-24-2012
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Going thru alternator belts???

I am going thru alternator belts on my 86 Catalina 30' with a Westerbeke XP25 motor with 850 hrs on it.
The first problem I noticed when I bought this boat 1 year ago was the belt seemed lose, so I bought a new one and kept the other one as a spare because it looked fine but the proper tension was not able to be achieved, but after putting the new belt on it was a little better but not much, the bracket doesn't go out far enough to get proper tension on the belt? so the belt vibrates so much it hits the hose clamp for the impeller, hence wearing out the belt in less than 20 hours.
1. Is this a bad manufacturing issue?
2. Has anyone here had this problem, and if they have, what was the fix?
3. The belt lasted less than 20 hrs (thankfully I had a spare!!!)

I would appreciate any good advise, tired of changing the belt and cleaning all the black rubber from inside engine compartment its a mess. thanks in advance guy's!
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