After a little back and forth with Beta Marine’s sales guy, I have a quote for the engine (with various options) that is a good 30% better than my original estimate. All I had to do was ask for a discount!
Beta Marine has been very responsive and technically helpful as well. Compared to the local Westerbeke distributor, which has gone through the paces and even come out to my boat, but dragged its feet on quotes and given me a 35% higher price, Beta Marine is a pretty clear winner. The only downside to the Beta engine is that it runs at a higher RPM than the Westerbeke — which mostly means it may be a little noisier at cruising speed, not something I’m too concerned with. There are a lot of advantages to the Beta engines, not least of which is their whole philosophy of selling engines that are easy to maintain, with things like an oil sump pump installed as standard equipment. Imagine that.
There are a few details that will need to be worked out at installation time. I decided not to have Beta fabricate custom engine mounts. I think it is smarter to do it here, when the old engine is out and more precise measurements can be taken. One contractor said he’d build a wood model of the engine bed to help fit everything properly and design the mounts before installing the engine in the boat, which I like. It also looks like the exhaust elbow may need to be adjusted a bit, or I may need to fabricate a new one (slightly shorter or with less of a down angle) but that shouldn’t be a problem.
I’ll be placing the order for the engine later this week.
I still haven’t got a yard finalized for doing the installation work; I am hoping to do it in Langkawi pending the contractor’s availability.