‘Beta’ engines have been fitted into thousands of yachts around the world with our standard engine feet; but where necessary we also offer our unique service of designing and manufacturing “Special Engine Feet”. When replacing your old engine it is so much easier if you new engine just drops onto your existing engine bearers and lines up with your propeller shaft. We have made hundreds of “Special Feet” over the years and not only do they look better and substantially reduce the time and installation costs.
The system works like this: You need a copy of our ‘Special Feet Form’ that we can either post to you, or you can download from our website and print. You now need a good tape measure and a couple of straight edges so that you can take the necessary measurements from your boat for us to design and manufacture your Special Feet. We just need to accurately establish where the engine bearers are relative to the propeller shaft, and measuring is always much easier with the old engine removed.
Normally the engine bearers and propeller shaft are parallel - but not always. All measurements are taken from the propeller shaft (the datum). As soon as possible - please send us the ‘Special Feet Form’ with all your measurements clearly legible, either by post, fax or email. Please include your name and contact details on the form.
We use the dimensions that you have given us to create a drawing of your special feet, and we will send it to you for checking and signing. When you return the drawing to us that you signed off as correct, we will manufacture the ‘Special Feet’ exactly to the dimensions that are on the drawing.
If you find a problem then contact us with the correct measurements and we will revise the drawing until it is correct. Where possible we will fit them to the engine. If they will not fit in the engine shipping skid we will send the feet loose and fit standard feet. All bolts will be provided to fit the special feet to the engine. You will need to drill and tap new holes for the flexible mounts unless you have the same bolt holes as the mount drawings below (please note the engine size).
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When measuring dimension ‘F’ it is advisable to keep this lower (rather than higher) as it is easier to fit spacers to increase the height rather than cutting out the engine bearers. We attach details of the flexible mountings that do have a little movement / tolerance to help installation of the engine. It is better to fit the engine feet towards the bottom of the central stud as detailed, our design will enable this.
|Small Flexible Mount||Large Flexible Mount|
If the flexible mountings are wider than your engine bearers, Beta Marine can supply solid mounting pads that fit between the flexible mountings and your engine bearers. Marine propulsion engines are often installed at an angle (dimension J). Please note the maximum angle of installation is 15 degrees, however we recommend that this angle is kept as low as possible (by using a down angle gearbox for example). Otherwise you will need to take careful attention to oil levels and dipstick markings, quantity and water filling (expansion bottle). If you have any doubts please speak to Beta Marine for help.
Once you have collected all your data, you now have the option to enter your measurements and send them directly to Beta Marine via our new online forms:
Special Feet (Standard) - Special Feet Form 1.