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BrumSaint

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About BrumSaint

  • Birthday 01/20/1951

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    Smethwick

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    Real Ale Taster
  • Boat Name
    Hamwih
  • Boat Location
    Wolverhampton Boat Club
  1. Thanks for the extra info. My Google search took me to Beta's American website which obviously doesn't need to cover narrow boats. I'll have to up my research skills.
  2. The current prop is 18"x12" as recommended by Beta for a 43, (Incidentally Beta recommend a 16"x 8" for the 38). I don't know if it was changed, but the owner's manual, which has the orginal 38 listed does list the propeller as 18"x12". So you may be right and it struggled because of the propeller, all I know is that once the 43 was fitted the handling of the boat, not just the power, improved.
  3. My boat is 57' and was new. It was originally specified with a Beta Marine 38 and I asked for a 43 to be installed instead, mainly for the odd occasion when we would be on a river. Unfortunately my request to upgrade the engine didn't make it to the factory floor (but the accounts department knew and invoiced accordingly). There was no problem getting the builder to accept they had made a mistake and retrofit the 43, but for various reasons (some of them my choice) it did take about 9 months before it could be done. Once the 43 was fitted and I could compare it to the 38 the difference it made to the handling of the boat was, to me, a significant improvement. I had thought hard about paying for the larger engine and if I hadn't had and used the 38 I think at the back of my mind I would always have wondered if spending the extra money was worthwhile. Having had experience of both engines I am pleased I upgraded to the 43.
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