Part One .... the new waterlift muffler. As all 36T owners know the space for the water lift muffler is challenging. The original Stainless muffler is 6 inches high, 6 inches in diameter and has a 6.6 inch base and is held in place by 4 screws that require a little love from an impact driver to remove. The inlet and outlet are both 2 inch. Those are the facts.... Below you can see the offending old muffler on my tool bench
If you do a little digging you will find that CenTek actually makes a lovely fibreglass product that will in fact, fit perfectly (with a couple of small modifications... more on that in a minute). It is a CenteK VernaLift muffler (Go to Centekindustries.com choose the wet exhaust tab and then VernaLIft Top in/Top out). The part number is 1500276. You can order the part from Trotac or you can order it direct from Centek (229-228-7653) in Thomasville Georgia -- Its $146.25 US or approx $7000 CDN. Below you can see the Centek is a bit taller (9 Inches high) but otherwise almost identical
I have to admit I overthought this one a bit. I was intimidated by everyone elses tales of woe and by the challenge of trying to lift up the aft end of the engine next to the muffler. I was also somewhat befuddled by the need of Westerbeke to create a mount that was upside down in addition to being inaccessible. Of course one could argue it is upside down and backwards given the orientation of the engine itself. Anyway this story coming up next week. Also upcoming, stories of Ecuador (on a boat), and a short trip (by a big boat) over to Port Townsend.