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PostPosted: 19 Jan 2020 15:57 
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Well, it took a couple of pain in the neck customers, back to back to back snowstorms and subzero temps, but I got authorization to repower from the necessary authority. Beta 38 or 25? The Wbeke supposedly has 1200 hrs on it, but itís 42 or 43 this year. She says do it. Less to worry about. Just canít get started until March or so. Done the Yanmar install dance twice in the past. Probably go 38.


 
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PostPosted: 19 Jan 2020 19:00 
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What's the deal with the Westie? Have you thought of a price for it? Mark #337


 
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 Post subject: Re: beta
PostPosted: 19 Jan 2020 22:18 
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Mark could use a running takeout.

Look at the Beta 35hp. Exact same block as the 38hp, but is slower turning. Which allows using the same gear and prop if you have a good one. I believe a slower turning motor will last longer. Plus the 35 has better low end torque over the 38. Beta NA in NC will steer you to the 38hp, Beta England and Canada seem to push the 35hp. Look for deals at boat shows, saves 10%. Also buy thru a marine business and get jobbers price, another 10%. I had a friend in Canada in the marine business, I bought thru him save 20%, with strong dollar. You need a Customs agent to bring it back across the US, kind of a pain. But being in Maine, you can make a quick trip. The install is easy, but if you what to tap Beta NA for lots of info you might want to get from them. You will LOVE the Beta, it is a little less power.

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 Post subject: Re: beta
PostPosted: 20 Jan 2020 10:57 
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Haven't thought about a price yet. The boat was entirely freshwater unto the prior owner picked it up in Wisconsin and moved it to Maine a few years ago. Apparently it was used as a liveaboard with a generator on deck while someone built a remote home somewhere in Wisconsin.

I mentioned March because it's heavily covered, snowed in and it's been subzero around here of late. The engine was running when the boat was hauled a couple years ago. Has a monster Balmar on it with all the bells and whistles.

I'm working today, so let me contemplate. Still, there ain't no getting at the boat with a crane until another boat gets moved, the cover comes off, the snow stops and the trout start biting on the Machias River.


 
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 Post subject: Re: beta
PostPosted: 23 Jan 2020 13:56 
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So the Beta 35 is pretty much the same price as the Beta 38 and provides its horsepower at lower RPM's than the 38. I haven't had a chance to review everything, but somewhere they commented that "you can use the same prop as with the W50 if you get the 35." It's still about $15K with all the bells, whistles, custom mounts, recommended additions, etc. I haven't asked for the boat show price yet, although I did email a dealer up in New Brunswick and never heard back.

I've got a 2 blade prop and am going cruising, so, well . . . I could survive with 2 blade but I like umpf when I need it. But I know I'll end up racing somewhere. Always do.


 
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PostPosted: 24 Jan 2020 06:38 
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I ran a few hours on the Beta 38 with a 2-blade folding Martec and performance appeared to be fine - no problem hitting 7 knots and cruising about 6.3 knots. I did notice that increasing RPMs to the high range did not cause a more noticeable increase in speed.

Beta recommends a 3-blade so I went with the Flex-o-fold but I'm still in the yard (rebuilding rudder/skeg, replacing strut/shaft, thru-hulls/seacocks) so I don't know how the new prop will perform.

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 Post subject: Re: beta
PostPosted: 02 Feb 2020 12:21 
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Contacted dealers vs. HQ. Thousands less, "boat show" prices.


 
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