Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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Can't help but I can commiserate, Westerbeke prices are obscene. I needed a double groove pulley for the alternator and it was $540, single groove one was $70.
One possible route is to find out what block the engine was marinised from. It may be that you can find the oil pan at a tractor dealer or somewhere similar. My Westerbeke (W58) is the same as one of the Perkins and is also a Mitsubishi tractor engine. Unfortunately these tractors do not seem to have been sold in North America although they were common in England, but you need lots of time for shipping from there at reasonable cost. Worth the research time.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.