My 1979 Pearson 424 sailboat had the original 1978 Westerbeke-60 marine diesel engine. The engine
proved reliable during the 19 years I've owned the boat. After about 2400 hours of service, it was
becoming difficult to start. Oil consumption had been about 1 quart for every 20 hours of operation,
but had increased to about 1 quart every 8 hours. When cold, it would blow blue smoke for about
three minutes. Parts were unbelievably expensive and a rebuild was out of the question. The W60
has been out of production for a while. Any remaining parts on the shelf are held in ransom by
Westerbeke. I had dumped over $2k into the engine last year in an attempt to fix these problems,
but that didn't improve the situation. I was never happy with performance under power and I was
tired of throwing money at the old engine, so I decided to repower. I could have probably gone
another year or two with my old engine, but my fuel tank was starting to leak. In order to replace
the fuel tank, the engine must be pulled. It made sense to repower now.
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