Re-powering project Spring 2023
24 June 2023
Following difficulty with the gearbox last year (it wouldn't select easily into forward, and then only turned slowly) a quick look in the box showed little oil and evidence of loose filings. Not good. My friend Spencer at the club offered to slip the gearbox out over winter while she was ashore and have a look. In order to do that, he had to get the engine out and into the cabin.
Spares for that gearbox are not available. A reconditioned replacement gearbox would be £600 + vat. The old Sea Panther engine, which has a history of being difficult to start, was already out. So after a bit of thought I decided not to put the old engine back in and instead to source a new engine + gearbox. Spencer has re-powered a few boats at the club and was kind enough to find time for this project.
Marine Enterprises are very helpful on the phone but items on their web site bear no relation to what they actually have available. So there was no Beta engine around. But there was a Perkins M30. Freshwater cooled, the same layout as the Sea Panther, 30hp (the old one was about 28hp). A 'used' engine - meaning, cleaned and serviced and bench-tested but not fully rebuilt. Apparently dating from the early 1990s so about twenty years younger than the old one. Described as an 'engine package' meaning engine, gearbox and loom. Brief research showed other Centaurs with that engine and no bad rumours. So a deal was done.
Spencer managed to get the old engine out and down to the ground in mid March using chains and the boom while Bay Leaf was ashore, and it was crated up ready to go in part exchange.
- Used Perkins M30 £2195 +vat +delivery - £200 trade-in on the Sea Panther
- Various parts including exhaust hose, fabricated metal bits, stop cable, etc. £640
- Labour £1000
- Total cost of re-powering Bay Leaf £4136