sadler 29 new Beta engine

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thinking of fitting a new engine Sept 07 after this summers hols anyone any experience/tips for fitting a Beta 20hp to a Sadler 29 and can anyone recommend a reliable dealer to supply the new engine and associated parts please?
we'll be keeping this boat for many years so I'd like reassurance and benefits of a new engine now
the original engine is running fine (Bukh 20) just a slight oil leak at higher revs
anyone any idea of value of my existing engine with all fittings(instrument panel, alternator,new pre heat manifold throttle linkage etc) ?
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Bukh has a good reputation for reliability and longevity. Why not just fix the leak in the Bukh and save the money for more beer, sails, dancing girls, etc?

Engine swaps tend to get expensive, as it won't be a like-for-like replacement and might need new bearers, shaft, controls, instruments, wiring loom, fuel lines, etc.
 

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Where is the oil leak? I would guestimate circa 5k to replace the engine so is it worth it? The DV20 is so simple to work on and oil leaks are not 5k to fix.

The oil pressure sender? - easy to replace the sender.
The front crankshaft oil seal? - easy to replace the seal.
Counter-balance shaft seals? easy to replace.

Personally I would trace the leak and repair it rather than changing the engine - that is unless you have ~5K to throw away!
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I much appreciate all the advice and offers of assistance
Part of my reason for wanting to change the engine is to start with new instrument panel better sited (cockpit somewhere sheltered ) New wiring loom fuel lines --- possibly everything back to battery terminals !
I've tried locating leaks using clean paper on floor of bilge angled mirrors etc I'm also losing some oil via exhaust on start up is that a sympton of maybe head gasket starting to crumble ?
5k is a lot of money but over 7-10 years that's not a fortune per year for peace of mind and a thorough understanding of whats been fitted
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Richard
 

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Richard, I wrote the stuff up with a view to publishing in the class magazine, so let me have your email address and I will try to dig it out. On the subject of your old engine, I would guess you could ask £600 / £800 for it. I sold my 12hp Petter for £400 (with duff engine and gearbox for spares), it could have sold many times over with the calls I had. The Petter is not the best regarded engine and I nearly put it up for 200 quid but a chum said I was mad - glad I listened to him. If you are in a good maritime location advertise locally, national adverts brought me little interest. Make sure you put it up when the boat is in the water, then people can try it. My buyer was pleased to hear all the known faults and service history, also lets you sleep with a clear conscience. PS not had your PM yet. Brian
 

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......Part of my reason for wanting to change the engine is to start with new instrument panel better sited (cockpit somewhere sheltered ) ............

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On my Sadler 29 a previous owner had moved the panel out into the cockpit using a custom-made moulding from Andy Middleton (Sadler bits specialist).
 
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