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High Priestess of the Power Chicks
Date: 2007-11-10 11:46
Subject: One for Dirtsailor
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I guess this is a "Fan-Mail Special". Also I'd like to thank all the international folks who drop by, I am thrilled that folks from the UK to Poland to NZ seem to enjoy following along. Thanks for reading!

Anyway, Dirtsailor asked what the engine is. It's a brand-new Beta Marine BZ482. Beta Marine is a UK firm that marinizes Kubota diesel engines. This one is rated at 13.5 BHP, about twice what the boat will ever need for herself alone. This means I won't worry using her to tow other boats. Other boats like, say, the PB ;) .

So anyway, the engine is ridiculously cute. I squee'd excessively when it arrived.

Beta Marine engine

It weighs less than 200 lbs, which for a 2-cylinder diesel engine with transmission and heat exchanger, is pretty darn good.
In case the sense of scale was missing, I added a visual aid to scale:
Engien with non-endorsement scale

I bought it from Joe at Sound Marine Diesel in Connecticut, who I have no hesitation plugging as helpful and businesslike.

Hope that answers your question, DS! I gotta go turn epoxy-squeezled floors into something photographable.
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Liz Reay
User: lizreay
Date: 2007-11-11 03:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am very glad to know you. I was starting to feel self-conscious about squeeing over my precious precious anvil and my hunks of sheet metal. Good to have a kindred spirit. :)
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High Priestess of the Power Chicks: squeedragon
User: barrettfaneuf
Date: 2007-11-11 03:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hee! Note anvil-love next to the engine. Metal-lovin' girl powah!
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-11-11 05:36 (UTC)
Subject: Little motor
Hey, girl, that engine is too little let live! It wont servive! I would knock it on head and go get a growed up one.
I LOOOOOVE ladies who can do things like you and tha sheet metal work lady...I do anvil work as well...it is soooo sad that I am way down here in the South Pacfic...I wish you well ladies...
Danny NZ
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-11-12 21:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks Barrett, now I can sleep better at night!Also thank you for the visual scale aid, that is one "stout" engine!

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