1465An alternate engine for Restless ...
- Feb 19, 2007I don't remember what size or horsepower engine you're looking for, and the
Restless web page only provides numbers for cubic inch displacement and
engine weight, not recommended horsepower:
... but Kawasaki makes a nice looking power plant that appears to be a good
fit for some inboard designs. These two links show the biggest (29 HP) and
smallest (16 HP) in Kawasaki's line of overhead valve water-cooled v-twin
engines. They have five more models in between these sizes:
The ATV guys rave about these engines. Maybe they know something that the
boating community does not?
If Restless needs more HP than one of these engines can provide, a person
might buy and install two of them. Two of the largest 29 HP Kawasaki's will
weigh a total of only 250 pounds -- and that's 100 pounds LESS than the
engine weight specified by William Atkin.
Just think, a twin-engine Restless with a total of 58 HP, and each engine
driving its own propeller. Two completely independent drive systems for the
ultimate in safety and redundancy.
And wow, what a hot rod!
On Tuesday 20 February 2007 07:07:51 am John Kohnen wrote:
> Yep, that Westerbeke is mighty expensive! <whew!> It's a marinized Mazda
> industrial engine, BTW.
> I looked at the GM 1600 Vortec and it looks pretty good on paper. It's not
> just something they yanked out of a cheap economy car. It's kinda revvy
> for a marine engine, but it might work alright running at lower RPM, and
> lower hp.:
> You might consider getting a Kubota industrial engine and mating it to a
> reverse gear. If you use a keel cooler (let into the bottom planking) you
> really don't need to do much marinizing. Robb White used a Kubota in his
> "Rescue Minor" with a jackleg reverse and a keel cooler. He used an
> agricultural diaphragm pump and some imagination for cooling the exhaust:
> Glen-L has some runabout designs more suited for overpowering than
> Restless, many designed by Ken Hankinson:
> On Mon, 19 Feb 2007 10:46:36 -0800, darryl wrote:
> > Below is an email from a Westerbeke dealer in California concerning the
> > W70GA engine I
> > was considering for Restless.
> > Dear Mr. Hammonds,
> > Thank you for your inquiry on the Westerbeke W-70GA. Pricing is as
> > follows:
> > W-70 w/ ZF 25M 2.7:1 Transmission 11,232.00 + Shipping
> > W-70 - Bobtail 8,698.00 + Shipping.
> > This engine would have to be built and shipped from Westerbeke in
> > Taunton, MA.
> > ...
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