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 Post subject: Repower For Bleu Moon
PostPosted: 30 Dec 2020 07:29 
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Location: Great South Bay, Long Island NY
Hello All,
My 35 year old Westerbeke W-33 was finally sucking a quart of oil every 3 hrs this past summer on trip to eastern Long Island. 3 quarts on our run from Montauk to Fire Island Inlet. We stayed in our home state of NY due to Covid.
I hauled out after Labor day Weekend, ordered Beta 38 with 7 deg downangle transmission to install. My local boatyard hauled me and allowed me to do the work myself, and assisted pulling the engine and dropping in the new. I had already already spent plenty of quality time in the engine room over the years, so I disconnected everything, and yanked the old engine out. I spent 5 weeks total on the new install. The tricky part was adapting the Beta 38 to the W-33 molded engine bed. I had custom rear mounts fabricated by a local welding shop as the originals were a bit too wide to mount on the rails.

Beta, while claiming experience with Tartan 37 repowers on thier website, they had no experience with this conversion, and never contacted me for any of my install for their records. I purchased the engine from Joe Demers at Sound Marine Diesel, he was a saint answering my questions during the install. I hired a local Diesel mechanic to decide the final placement of the engine, and had to cut my prop shaft shorter 3 3/4".

All new systems were added and many locations modified. Exhaust Muffler had to be relocated more aft, Racor 500 Fuel Filter now in Lazarette with Glycol Tank, wiring cleaned up, bilge epoxied white, PSS Mechanical Seal, New Max Prop Easy 16x 12, engine mounting shims from G-3 material sourced from McMaster Carr, steel 1/4' backing plates, new waterproof instrument panel with push button start, new fuel gauge, new thruhull 1" then reduced to 3/4' at strainer for raw water feed., Groco hull mounted thru hull strainer on hinge to enable cleaning, I reused my Perco 3/4' raw water basket strainer, new size 1 AWG cabling to starter and engine ground.

Relaunched in early October, boat running great, with plenty of power. She even handles better around the dock. Reached 3300 RPM with current prop pitch, considering going down one pitch to 16 x 11 to get full 3600 RPM.
I was on this project daily, constantly ordering parts to stay ahead of my work, engineering details to figure out every step of the way. I enjoyed the challenge and the end result was worth it, I'm good for many years of cruising ! Toast


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 Post subject: Re: Repower For Bleu Moon
PostPosted: 30 Dec 2020 10:07 
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Joined: 09 Aug 2017 15:35
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Location: Maine/USVI
I LIKE that. The tub looks different than mine (#216) I think and your engine is WAY back. I like the space. Why didn't you put the racor and coolant bucket up there now? Do you have a photo of the lazarette install?


 
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 Post subject: Re: Repower For Bleu Moon
PostPosted: 31 Dec 2020 14:28 
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Location: Great South Bay, Long Island NY
The new Racor with metal guard would have blocked access to the engine, wiring runs had to be moved foward to clear the alternator. I wasn't planning on relocating the fuel filter and glycol tank, tried really hard not to, but in the end seemed the best solution. Easy for me to check fuel filter vacuum without openig the engine compartment. I can take a picture next time on the boat.

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 Post subject: Re: Repower For Bleu Moon
PostPosted: 31 Dec 2020 14:50 
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Well, there's a Happy New Year right there. Just put the land in Deer Isle Maine under contract, so . . . hmmm. Beta. I wonder if I can sell the wife . . . hmmm. Dyer 29 AND a Beta 35 (or 38) . . . hmmm.


 
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 Post subject: Re: Repower For Bleu Moon
PostPosted: 31 Dec 2020 19:18 
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Congrats.

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 Post subject: Re: Repower For Bleu Moon
PostPosted: 18 Mar 2021 20:50 
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I did a Beta 38 last winter. We put a 130 hrs on ours for COVID summer. So far itís all I hoped it would be.
Good luck with yours.


 
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 Post subject: Re: Repower For Bleu Moon
PostPosted: 20 Mar 2021 18:47 
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Thanks Adam, so far 10 hrs, planning trip to Maine this season. We have met at Tartan Owners gatherings also. Boat handles much better around the dock also, new Max Prop helps too.

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 Post subject: Re: Repower For Bleu Moon
PostPosted: 20 Mar 2021 18:51 
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Picture of my relocated Fuel Filter and Coolant Reserve in Lazarette as promised. Wasn't totally crazy about locating there, but gives me great access to engine filters, etc.


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 Post subject: Re: Repower For Bleu Moon
PostPosted: 22 Apr 2021 17:44 
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What a wonderful job. Makes me feel better seeing other people's cabins total mess.


 
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 Post subject: Re: Repower For Bleu Moon
PostPosted: 10 Oct 2021 09:28 
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Great job im also thinking of re-powering my Tartan soon with the Beta 38 Hull#190.


 
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