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Ok, so what is the difference between Universal and Beta?
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Beta is also called a koda

The Beta is also called a koda engine.
Beta Marine US Ltd. Distributors for Kubota based marine

I do not remember about the Universal but we had one in our Catalina 30. I think it was a 25 hp and they were in the Catalina 36 at least around the 1981 models.
So I guess that is no info.
One of the reasons we installed a Beta is there are two other boats of our kind (Islander Freeports) with Beats installed that I know of and one is actively cruising and just put 80 hours straight on his Beta motor on a rough seas passage. He has had zero problems with it and has put a lot of hours on it.
There is an Islander at our doc with a beta who loves it and our dock mate friend Hinze has a larger Beta in his Gulf Star 42 and loves it.
We only have about 6 hours on ours so we cannot really say much but that it works fine so far
I do think it is a well thought out engine. Easy to do maint on.

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I installed a Beta 1505(37 hp) in my Pacific Seacraft 37 in 2006.Since then have run 1800 hrs cruising from Maine to the Bahamas.Have beaten into headseas for 3 days in the Bahamas and motored thru calms in Long Island Sound.The Beta has never missed a beat.Only maint. problem was a leaking raw water pump.Replaced in less than an hour (2 bolts-upfront).The difference between Beta and Universal is that Univ is owned by Westerbeke and the prices for parts are ridiculous.eg $475 for an engine water pump for a 5432.$85 at the Kubota dealer for the same pump with gasket.
Beta gives you the Kubota part numbers for their engines with Univ its a guess.
lastly Betas customer service is terrific,Stanley in NC is great to deal with.
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Re: Any pros cons on the Beta Marine engines please?

Red,
Can you tell me where your are getting your Beta engine. I would like to talk to someone about replacing my M25XP Universal in a 1987 Catalina.
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Re: Any pros cons on the Beta Marine engines please?

Marc,

This thread is old and they are probably no longer around but we put in a new Beta last year. It came from the dealer in North Carolina and was installed by my marina. I believe in the U.S. there's only two, one on each coast.

I have nothing but positive experiences with them from start to finish.

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Erps, hey how are you. I picked up my engine last sat, I have 6 months to commission and then the warranty starts. Where are you located and what size motor do you need. My engine came with mounts, a control panel wired that you plug into a female plug on the engine. It has standard 60 amp alt, secondary fuel filter, built in oil change pump, a TMC60E trans, both trans and throttle have brackets so you can attach your cables to. My 35 hp eng is a 4 cyl, 2800 rpm, all engines below are 3 cyl. You can add extras, for instance, I added a 100 amp alt, high exhaust stainless, a waterproof panel,wf hrs, tach, start, glow and stop buttons, wf idiot lights and buzzers. You can upgrade to "c" panel, has all guages key start, tach, hrs. I opted for the custom mount package, they made the mounts east/west or side to side exactly 20 1/4'' on center. Front to back it not usually an issue with mounts. The dealer even showed me how to make a template with the mounts on, and a piece of 1"y 8' pipe sldes thru front to rear into the stern tube. Sorry so wordy, you can email me if you want.... Red
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I am looking to replace my Catalina Universal with a Beta. Can you tell me who you dealt with for your engine?

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Re: Any pros cons on the Beta Marine engines please?

Thanks Donna,

I'll check with the NC Beta people.

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Re: Any pros cons on the Beta Marine engines please?

As Donna mention, contact Stanley at Beta Marine in NC. I just installed a Beta 38 this past winter, great engine so far. Well design for easy maintenance, parts are inexpensive compared to other marine engines they even list the cross reference numbers on their website, and unlike Yanmar, Westerbeake, etc they can have custom mounts made for your engine bed as they did for mine. So accurate the rear holes aligned almost perfectly.

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