broken westerbeke engine mounts in 331
Hi all we have a Westerbeke 30b in our 331. Last year while traveling the front port side monting bolts broke off where the attach the leg bracket to the front of the eng. Did the repair had the allignment checked and started a new year. This year the leg on the same side broke where the bend it to match it to the front of the engine. Westerbeke has been NO help and treated me like dirt because its out of warranty coverage. ( The folks at Mack Boring Yanmar were much nicer and offered a lot of suggestions great place.)
Has anyone out there had simular problems? the yard wants to make a steel bridge and weld the two front mounts together. I'm not sure if that won't jsut transfer what ever force is causing the problem to send its energy to a new place and cause more problems. Westerbeke has redesigned the mounts with a gussett welded behind the point where mine broke which leads me to think they knew it was weak. Any thought would be welcome hope to find anyone with the same problem to talk over the issue
Re: broken westerbeke engine mounts in 331
I just found a rear starboard side mount broken (at least one of the bolts). I have a 2004 Westerbeke B3 and as soon as I haul out in three weeks I wilkl replace all four since the other three are pretty much rusted. The replacement mounts from Westerbeke are over $200.00 each! I found a company, Torresen Marine, Inc which makes mounts for this engine for $48.00! You also can see how to change them through a great video that you will find at: www.pbase.com/mainecruising/motor_mounts. Good luck. By the way it is better to rep[lace all four instead of just one if they are more than two-three years old.
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