The boss got me together with a friend of his yesterday. He has a 1989 Catalina 30 with a blown engine.
According to the semi-official Cat 30 site, this boat was offered with the Universal M-25 engine. Period. Anyway, one of 'best marine mechanics in Jacksonville' told him it was a Volvo-Penta engine, and that it wasn't worth repairing, so the boat's been sitting in its slip growing barnacles for a couple of years.
My question is this: Is the Universal M-25 rebuildable? I've been to a site that sells rings, bearings, sleeves, gaskets, seals, etc. It looks like any other diesel I've ever seen. Is there something I'm missing? Some reason why the engine can't be rebuilt? Admittedly, the parts are awfully pricey, but they aren't as bad as Volvo parts (which, I'm sure, are made of solid gold).
Second question: how much grief is the Cat 30, MkII to pull the engine out of. I'm going to be taking a look at her in a week, but if someone's already done it, you might have insight on some useful tricks.
Just a little post script. It never ceases to amaze me that a guy would tell a prospective customer that he needs 'a whole new engine' when all it needs is a simple rebuild. I guess some people just don't have consciences or something.