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I found my Yanmar to be extremely reliable and to require very little maintenance.
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Another vote for Yanmar. I had a Westerbeke 18 with a glow plug problem brand new (fixed easily) for 3 years. Next a Yanmar 3GM30 new for 6 years (in a c320) that I liked except for the fact that I had to unbolt and move the coolant pump out of the way to access the raw water impellor - don't know if the 3YM30's that they are now putting in the c320's have the same impellor access issue. Now I'm a couple years into a 8 year old Yanmar 4JH2 that runs perfectly and starts in the spring after winter layup as if it was just shut off.
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anyone have experience with the marine-ized (marinated?) volkswagon diesels? seems like they might be good for getting non-marine parts.
this might be a little out there, but vw's venerable aircooled fuel injected two litre might work well in a boat. they take up very little space, are torquey as hell, don't need a raw water cooling system, parts are as cheap as it comes and you can get them anywhere. you'd have to provide some ductwork for air exchange, but you sure would have a one of a kind auxiliary
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We cruised for for 15 years with a Westerbeke 4-107 and for the last 8 years with a Yanmar 4JH4E. Both engines served me well, but my choice would be the Yanmar by performance, maintenance and cost. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
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Westerbeke

In my opinion I would go for the westerbeke. This is a Mitsubishi based engine. The K3D if I'm correct. For years I'm working with these engines as a mechanic and it happens to be a very reliable engine. The yanmar engines are also reliable but a bit more expensive as it comes to spareparts. And after a few years they always seems to have a bit more problems than the mitsubishi based engines.

The mitsubishi block is worldwide used by a lot of agriculture and industrial products so spareparts are widely available.
The mitsubishi block is also available by other brands. Such as Solé Diesel (Spanish) and Vetus (Dutch). I don't know how the prices are in the US, but in Europe they are a lot cheaper then Westerbeke.
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I think you should first look at where the engine will be placed. Most engines have different spec's and they have to be properly supported if you don't want problems in the future. So measure up the distances between the engine mounts, and then, if possible, find an engine to suit the existing dimensions, that will be a lot cheaper than trying to do it the other way around.
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Yanmar would be my choice. We have the predecessor to the engine you are looking for 25 year old 3GM30. Runs line a charm with over 4000 hrs.

Footprint is usally smaller than the Westy and lighter. My second choice if I wasnt going with the Yanmar would be the Westy> Engines are usually only as reliable as you maintain them.

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yanmar again 3YM30

3YM30 Yanmar do have glowplugs now and unfortunately no more decompression. I am just installing 2 in my new catamaran. Those engines are assembled in Europe, but the block is used for agricultural and industrial machines too, eg, my old boat had 2 3GM30 and only 2 sets of original oil filters as I did not find them anywhre in remote places in Asia, but all other agricultural copies worked perfectly. Other spareparts I never needed in all nine years, engine still running nice. VERY IMPORTANT, after every few hours of running low speed you MUST burn out the build-up, just run at full load for a 10 to 20 minutes. Some other nice advice: www yanmarhelp com (Please add the dots, sailnet does not me permission to post links). No, I am not related to them, but I like that informative page, maybe it helped my engines to last longer ;-)
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Thanks bucho - I've wondered if there was another source for Westerbeke parts. This is my 2nd Westerbeke (W33). On my last boat, we had a W13. Both great engines, but $425 for a water pump is steep! At the risk of going off topic, do you know of a web site where I can crossreference the W33 to a Mitsubishi model? I'm sure that others would find this of use too.

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Westerbeke non-marine spares

Hi everybody,

We have a Cabo Rico here in the UK, fitted with a Westerbeke 52 engine. I noted that at least one of you had this model, and mentioned that non-marine parts were available, so I was wondering if you know on which engine it is based? At the moment ours is running perfectly, but you never know.

If anyone does have any information I would be most grateful to hear from you.

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Steve Moss
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