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Re: Westerbeke vs Yanmar
I'm late to this party, but thought I'd add my $0.02.
Recent Westerbeake = Mitsubishi block. Parts are available, if expensive, throughout the world.
Yanmar Great engine, designed from the block up to be a marine diesel. Parts are available throughout the world.
If I were in your position however, given that you already have, and are familiar with a Kubota, I would choose a Beta Marine. Beta = Kubota block. Parts are available throughout the world, and they are reasonable!
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USCG Licensed OUPV Captain, ASA 101/103/104/105/106/118 Instructor - Also certified in Marine Electrical Systems