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#572364 - 04/18/19 09:26 PM New Westerbeke 15KW Generator  
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Starting about a year or so ago our Westerbeke 15KW was giving us fits. It would run, then not run, not start, then start for a few weeks then not start for a couple of weeks.

So this year my fixit guy and I talked about whether to rebuild it or replace it. After much back and forth we decided to replace it. The biggest reason was that if we rebuilt it we would have had a new engine but an old generator portion, and the cost of rebuilding both ends was greater than the cost of a new one.

So I took the boat over to Columbia Marine Center around November something for them to pull the old generator out. They're the only ones in our area that I trust to work on the boat. After they got it out I brought the boat back to the slip and they ordered the new genset.

It took awhile to get the new genset because what Westerbeke is producing now they paint white. We wanted red to match what was originally on the boat.

So after the first of the year the genset came in. Woooooo Hooo was it ever pretty. They had to order some ancillary parts and pieces so we scheduled a time in April when we came back from AZ when I could take the boat over and they could put the new genset in.

I did that, then we took off for AZ again. After a few weeks all the parts and pieces came in. Jim sent me a teaser text message of the new genset running in the boat. JERK!

We got back from AZ last Thursday (a week ago) and Friday morning I was at the marina to see their work. This thing is REALLY QUIET! With sound shield installed, from inside the salon you almost cannot hear it run.

So here are a few pics of the new baby....

Lampson Crane came over to hoist it into the boat. Jim and crew had to remove the aft bimini from the frame for them to be able to drop it into the cockpit.
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Here it is, hanging from the crane rigging, about to be set on the cockpit floor.
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Here's their cherry picker setting it down into the engine room.
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Elevator going down.....
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Heading to the basement....
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And here's a shot of it in place
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and from another angle...
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Thanks to Jim and all his crew at Columbia Marine for a great job getting it in, hooked up and running. My hat's off to all of you!


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#572365 - 04/18/19 10:19 PM Re: New Westerbeke 15KW Generator [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Thanks for the update, it's fun to see.

Did you end up getting the red from the factory or did it have to be done after delivery?


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#572366 - 04/18/19 11:29 PM Re: New Westerbeke 15KW Generator [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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They made it in red per our order. Nice of those folksy people at Westerbeke.


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#572367 - 04/19/19 01:14 PM Re: New Westerbeke 15KW Generator [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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That re-install is true art. I can understand why you have them as your servicing marina.


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#572368 - 04/19/19 02:32 PM Re: New Westerbeke 15KW Generator [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Nice upgrade. It will be nice not to have to worry about it anymore. Great pics.


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#572369 - 04/19/19 06:54 PM Re: New Westerbeke 15KW Generator [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Beautiful!


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#572370 - 04/20/19 12:55 PM Re: New Westerbeke 15KW Generator [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Thanks. Westerbeke took awhile to make it because everything they were making was in white, but it eventually got here in January. So now I can't wait to get out on the water for an overnighter.


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#572376 - 04/21/19 03:25 PM Re: New Westerbeke 15KW Generator [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Dont know much about gensets, but thats a nice looking machine...


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#572377 - 04/22/19 03:07 PM Re: New Westerbeke 15KW Generator [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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GFC - Great looking gennie. I think you will be glad that you did the upgrade.

Hey, when are you going to remove the price tag? d

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#572378 - 04/22/19 04:09 PM Re: New Westerbeke 15KW Generator [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Didn't see the price tag, Dock. Thanks for pointing that out.


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#572380 - 04/22/19 07:45 PM Re: New Westerbeke 15KW Generator [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Only after GW sees it and believes it.

To be truthful, I didn't even notice that tag. I guess I was overwhelmed by the overall project.

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#572394 - 04/25/19 11:16 AM Re: New Westerbeke 15KW Generator [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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What did you do with the old genset?


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#572397 - 04/25/19 03:30 PM Re: New Westerbeke 15KW Generator [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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The old one is still at Columbia Marine Center. I have no use for it and I doubt they are interested in rebuilding it, though that is an option. Right now it appears to be a 500lb boat anchor.


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#572398 - 04/25/19 03:59 PM Re: New Westerbeke 15KW Generator [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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funny how the price tag only shows up in Dock's pic... wink

#572399 - 04/25/19 05:59 PM Re: New Westerbeke 15KW Generator [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Originally Posted by GoFirstClass
The old one is still at Columbia Marine Center. I have no use for it and I doubt they are interested in rebuilding it, though that is an option. Right now it appears to be a 500lb boat anchor.


Guessing you could get at least couple grand for it.


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#572400 - 04/26/19 09:07 AM Re: New Westerbeke 15KW Generator [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Craigslist - you would be amazed what people will buy.


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#572401 - 04/26/19 09:59 AM Re: New Westerbeke 15KW Generator [Re: captkevin]  
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Originally Posted by captkevin
Craigslist - you would be amazed what people will buy.


Or sell... I bought a fully functional, 25 hour, Bravo 3 lower unit that only had minor cosmetic corrosion for 25 bucks on CL last year. I probably oput 90 minutes into cleaning up the corrosion and repainting it, and it was ready to use. It was an upgrade over my old B3 because it's the more modern style with the 2 extra anodes. Works perfectly.


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#572402 - 04/26/19 10:56 AM Re: New Westerbeke 15KW Generator [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Wow that is a find. I always end up looking at new boats & bypassing the parts.


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#572403 - 04/26/19 02:04 PM Re: New Westerbeke 15KW Generator [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Hmmmm, I may have to look into that.


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#572404 - 04/26/19 02:52 PM Re: New Westerbeke 15KW Generator [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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If not they might take away your resident cheapskate title


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