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Question on refurbished diesel engine - Alameda, CA

Relatively new to sailing. Bought a boat - a 1980 Catalina 30 - with two friends. The engine is totaled - a pump or hose broke and sprayed sea water all over it and it's corroded.

I'm trying to figure out a way to get a refurbished engine, but seems like most mechanics only sell new engines if you want them to install it.

Anyone have advice? I am in Alameda, CA.

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Re: Diesel engine

welcome "aboard" Dan!

it's the inside of the engine that you may want worry about. the outside can be bead blasted clean Is it the universal 5411?
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Re: Diesel engine

I had a lot of rust on mine from a leaky water pump. Don't ditch it until you get some good advice. It doesn't take that much to clean it up, change the belts and impellers, change the oil and filters, etc., and see what happens!

Oh, hey, welcome! I just noticed where you're located. My boat's at Treasure Island. You might want to give Hans a call at List Marine. They also provide a class in diesel engine basics. You could sign up for one -- really great info.

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Re: Question on refurbished diesel engine - Alameda, CA

Diesel engines eat exterior rudt for breakfast. Unless there is another major issue your engine is probably fine.

1980 Catalana. That's a volvo right?
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Re: Diesel engine

Hmmm 1980 Catalina 30 with running diesel is worth 10K maybe 12 if spiffy.

What is a bew Beta 14 now 6k with about 4 k to fit it if you are lucky.

Solution sell existing Catalina and buy one with a running engine.

Alternatively bolt an OB to the stern.

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Re: Diesel engine

It's the universal 5411, yah. A mechanic looked at let me know it was totaled, but maybe a second opinion wouldn't hurt.
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Thanks - that's a great idea, I'll give Hans a buzz on the class, and checking out the engine.
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Re: Diesel engine

Something doesn't make sense. An engine doesn't get written off by being sprayed with seawater for a short while. If it was for a period of years, maybe.

You should be able to get a refurbished engine - keep your eyes open in the usual places. Ebay?

The 5411 is based on the Kubota Z500 engine, so another option would be to get a rebuilt one of those, and transfer the marinisation parts over.
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Re: Diesel engine

If you are replacing the engine, consider getting a larger engine. The Cat 30 with the 5411 was really underpowered. Look for a used or rebuilt engine if you are looking to keep costs down. Look for a model that has been used in the Cat 30.
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Re: Diesel engine

2nd opinion and repair/replace what went wrong with your current engine...some thing does not add up, that it is "totaled"....

Your are right, most mechanics/yards are not going to risk their time and money on a rebuild/refurb when the margin and warranty of a new engine may be at risk. $6-10K at least, so I would even get a third opinion before I lay out that kind of money on a +30 year old boat
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