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Re: Westerbeke vs Yanmar
Having a Yanmar shipped may also be problematic, since Yanmar is quite vigorous about protecting their franchised dealers and discourages them from shipping out of their purchased franchise geography.
The first time I saw a WB I asked what butcher had rebuilt the engine (none had) because I saw the nice red paint slapped all over everything. No other engine manufacturer does that. None of them. And that is, again, because Gates, Goodyear, and all the other rubber companies have always said DO NOT PAINT OUR RUBBER PARTS IT WILL CAUSE THE RUBBER TO BREAK DOWN AND FAIL PREMATURELY.
Really, how hard would it be for WB to just comply with good engineering practice, and install the hoses AFTER painting the rest? The only cheap lazy slob with bad hygiene is the one in the paint department? Eh...I just don't know.
But as folks used to say about British Leyland and Landrovers: You can get it fixed anyplace in the world in just a week. Even in the middle of the bush, you can get anything you need in just a week. And it will still take a whole week, even in the middle of London.
There are pros and cons to anything, pretty much.
What the heck, put out "request for bids" and let them all compete for your business. We know WB can't complain about that, since that's how they already work.
Let the yard you will be moving to know that you haven't decided whether to replace the engine before or after the move, ask them for a bid on the whole job, engine and installation all warrantied by the yard, and see how that stacks up too.