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I would' t touch a Volvo. Almost everyone I know who has had one, had nothing but trouble with them.
I remember seeing a bumper sticker which said " Any parts found falling off my Volvo are of the finest Swedish craftsmanship."
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Re: Which engines would you think twice about

any comments about westerbeke engines
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I would' t touch a Volvo. Almost everyone I know who has had one, had nothing but trouble with them.
I remember seeing a bumper sticker which said " Any parts found falling off my Volvo are of the finest Swedish craftsmanship."
Thanks for the warning.
The boat I'm caring for this season has a volvo penta 2002 so I will wear gloves just to be safe.
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I'd say an engine swap with a saildrive would be easier as long as you've got the right adaptor to the sail drive.. the alignment issue is easier with a more stable receiving end (sail drive input rather than a relatively sloppy shaft in stuffing box hose..)
What do you mean adapter?

I thought a saildrive was just dropped into a big hole on the bottom of the boat.

Is it like an engine mount issue? The hole has a certain configuration and you have to have a ring that fits the hole on the bottom and the engine on top?

Never seen one taken apart.
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What do you mean adapter?

I thought a saildrive was just dropped into a big hole on the bottom of the boat.

Is it like an engine mount issue? The hole has a certain configuration and you have to have a ring that fits the hole on the bottom and the engine on top?

Never seen one taken apart.
It's like an automotive adapter to join an engine and transmission that were never mated at the factory. It's essentially a ring of aluminium with the engine bellhousing bolt pattern AND the different transmission bolt pattern. You bolt it to the back of the engine and then bolt the trans (or saildrive) to it.
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Tell me someone, is the Kubota an overhead valve or overhead cam motor?

I have always liked the OHV motors, and with peak power being about 3000 rpm, that is well within the range of an OHV.
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My Vetus has been flawless so far . . . been in water in New England last four seasons, starts EVERY time even with low battery slow crank sub zero . . .
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Repowered with a Beta 50 two years ago and am very happy. The US rep office is super helpful and parts are very simple to find, either from the NC office, Kubota and in many cases NAPA.
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Tell me someone, is the Kubota an overhead valve or overhead cam motor?

I have always liked the OHV motors, and with peak power being about 3000 rpm, that is well within the range of an OHV.
My Universal M25 (Kubota) is an overhead valve design with the valves connected to the camshaft by tappets and pushrods.

WOT on my engine (no load) is 3K RPM. This is controlled by a governor.
WOT under load is 2600 RPM. I am not sure if this is a problem.

I LOVE that I can buy parts for my engine at the local Kubota dealer for 1/3 the Marine price.


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Re: Which engines would you think twice about

To me, the key to an affordable, easy-to-maintain engine is going with something that is still in production.

My boat came with a Westerbeke 10-Two. It hadn't been made since 1987. A new starter was listing for $1000. A head gasket was $350. A rebuild kit was going to be around $4000.

I found a salvage Beta Marine with a Kubota Z482 block, which is still in production. I spent $2k on a new long block and swapped over the marinized parts. Starters are now $80. Complete gasket sets are $50.

Always go with something that is still being manufactured. Even if you have to spend a little more to re-power, you're going to save in the long run.
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