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3 Days Ago 02:05 PM
Donna_F
Re: Any pros cons on the Beta Marine engines please?

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Originally Posted by RegisteredUser View Post
Why do you think his listed issues with these engines might be different in a sailboat?
What would be different?
His twin 75 HP engines would be installed differently and have more hours put on them than one would in a sailboat thus perhaps accelerating any issues.

We're having no problems at all with our approximately four year old Beta engine. No raw water leaks or corrosion.
3 Days Ago 09:04 PM
RegisteredUser
Re: Any pros cons on the Beta Marine engines please?

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Originally Posted by Donna_F View Post
Sounds like these Betas were installed on a power boat. Might not have the same issues as on a sailboat.
Why do you think his listed issues with these engines might be different in a sailboat?
What would be different?
3 Days Ago 07:20 PM
Donna_F
Re: Any pros cons on the Beta Marine engines please?

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Originally Posted by Cap'n Pugsley View Post
I replaced my aging Ford 6 Ds five years ago with a pair of 75 HP Betamarine diesels. I received excellent support from the team at Betamarine. The engines run like sewing machines and noticeably the engine oil over the years has always been a clear straw colour....
RP
Sounds like these Betas were installed on a power boat. Might not have the same issues as on a sailboat.
4 Days Ago 04:09 PM
Cap'n Pugsley
Re: Any pros cons on the Beta Marine engines please?

I replaced my aging Ford 6 Ds five years ago with a pair of 75 HP Betamarine diesels. I received excellent support from the team at Betamarine. The engines run like sewing machines and noticeably the engine oil over the years has always been a clear straw colour.

Have I encountered a problem - well yes. On the Beta 75s there is at the lower part of the forward end of the raw water part of the heat exchanger a little bolt. This bolt holds a zinc anode which needs replacement every 6 - 9 months. It is an easy procedure per se ... but .... it is almost impossible, despite all precautions in way of using collecting jugs and rags .... to avoid spilling of raw seawater onto the fittings beneath. These fittings include the oil pressure sender, the 40 amp 12v fuse and wiring to the starter motor solenoid and the engine foot mounting.

Despite always taking care after a few years the oil pressure sender and its mount and connection became corroded, the engine mounting foot is corroded .... and significantly the 40 amp fuse, its holder and wires corroded away for some length. The engines could not be started.

I have de-rusted as best I can the engine mounting foot. I have carefully cleaned the oil pressure sender and its wiring. I have with difficulty replaced the totally corroded 40 amp fuse and its immediate wiring.

Given that the Beta 75 is overall such an excellent engine I am critical now some years down the line that 1/ this questionable layout makes it inevitable that changing the Heat Exchanger anode results in salt water pouring down onto critical elements. 2/ That the supplied wiring loom is of plain multi-strand copper which corrodes easily. Use of tinned multi strand copper would be so much better in a marine environment.

One learns that Good is Good but after good comes excellence. With a little more thought and attention to this sort of detail Betamarine engines could be truly excellent.

RP
10-16-2013 03:58 PM
T37Chef
Re: Any pros cons on the Beta Marine engines please?

As Donna mention, contact Stanley at Beta Marine in NC. I just installed a Beta 38 this past winter, great engine so far. Well design for easy maintenance, parts are inexpensive compared to other marine engines they even list the cross reference numbers on their website, and unlike Yanmar, Westerbeake, etc they can have custom mounts made for your engine bed as they did for mine. So accurate the rear holes aligned almost perfectly.
10-16-2013 02:31 PM
MarcGr
Re: Any pros cons on the Beta Marine engines please?

Thanks Donna,

I'll check with the NC Beta people.

Marc
10-16-2013 01:06 PM
MarcGr
Re: beta

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Erps, hey how are you. I picked up my engine last sat, I have 6 months to commission and then the warranty starts. Where are you located and what size motor do you need. My engine came with mounts, a control panel wired that you plug into a female plug on the engine. It has standard 60 amp alt, secondary fuel filter, built in oil change pump, a TMC60E trans, both trans and throttle have brackets so you can attach your cables to. My 35 hp eng is a 4 cyl, 2800 rpm, all engines below are 3 cyl. You can add extras, for instance, I added a 100 amp alt, high exhaust stainless, a waterproof panel,wf hrs, tach, start, glow and stop buttons, wf idiot lights and buzzers. You can upgrade to "c" panel, has all guages key start, tach, hrs. I opted for the custom mount package, they made the mounts east/west or side to side exactly 20 1/4'' on center. Front to back it not usually an issue with mounts. The dealer even showed me how to make a template with the mounts on, and a piece of 1"y 8' pipe sldes thru front to rear into the stern tube. Sorry so wordy, you can email me if you want.... Red
Redhead,
I am looking to replace my Catalina Universal with a Beta. Can you tell me who you dealt with for your engine?

Thanks
Marc Greenleaf
10-16-2013 12:50 PM
Donna_F
Re: Any pros cons on the Beta Marine engines please?

Marc,

This thread is old and they are probably no longer around but we put in a new Beta last year. It came from the dealer in North Carolina and was installed by my marina. I believe in the U.S. there's only two, one on each coast.

I have nothing but positive experiences with them from start to finish.
10-16-2013 12:41 PM
MarcGr
Re: Any pros cons on the Beta Marine engines please?

Red,
Can you tell me where your are getting your Beta engine. I would like to talk to someone about replacing my M25XP Universal in a 1987 Catalina.
Thanks,
Marc Greenleaf 860-303-2656
06-15-2011 11:54 PM
niftynickers I installed a Beta 1505(37 hp) in my Pacific Seacraft 37 in 2006.Since then have run 1800 hrs cruising from Maine to the Bahamas.Have beaten into headseas for 3 days in the Bahamas and motored thru calms in Long Island Sound.The Beta has never missed a beat.Only maint. problem was a leaking raw water pump.Replaced in less than an hour (2 bolts-upfront).The difference between Beta and Universal is that Univ is owned by Westerbeke and the prices for parts are ridiculous.eg $475 for an engine water pump for a 5432.$85 at the Kubota dealer for the same pump with gasket.
Beta gives you the Kubota part numbers for their engines with Univ its a guess.
lastly Betas customer service is terrific,Stanley in NC is great to deal with.
Just my 2 cents
Dianne and Chuck Burke S/V NiftyNickers C37
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