Best engine

  • May 27, 2012 9:05 AM
    Message # 931807
    Deleted user
    As I build my boat w32 I am looking for the engine, the beta looks great but I have found a new m-35 universal for about 8000.00 are these suitable for a westsail? Any other good deals out there?

    I would be willing to rebuild a unit if something came up
  • May 28, 2012 9:56 AM
    Reply # 933011 on 931807
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Claus:  "the best engine" is a tough question to answer.. here is a link for members to a slide show of images of engine compartments in Westsails. 

    The best engine is something you can afford, about 35HP, has a heat exchanger and the right transmission and prop diameter/pitch, will fit in the space etc.

    Pygmalion W32 had a volvo MD2B 25hp salt water cooled and after ~30 years I was able to install a new Beta 1505 38hp with Bud's assistance.  The difference is like night and day in performance, power and reliability. The Beta is lighter and much quieter.

    Hope this helps and good luck.



  • May 28, 2012 6:56 PM
    Reply # 933526 on 931807
    Deleted user
    Thanks for the reply, the universal is the last one on sale, sure glad I did not buy the 10 hp sabb that I could have got with the boat.
  • May 28, 2012 8:30 PM
    Reply # 933906 on 931807
    Deleted user
    I'd have to say that dealing with Bud and the Beta is the way to go.
  • August 27, 2012 6:18 AM
    Reply # 1057622 on 931807
    Bud is the way to go with Beta Marine
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