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Old 02-19-2020, 11:13 AM   #1
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Any thoughts/experiences about the potential differences in quality between an aftermarket heat exchanger from AAA Marine Parts Wholesale, from Mr. Cool, or a Seakamp unit?

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Old 02-19-2020, 11:26 AM   #2
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Any thoughts/experiences about the potential differences in quality between an aftermarket heat exchanger from AAA Marine Parts Wholesale, from Mr. Cool, or a Seakamp unit? John
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What engine? How much could you save vs OEM?
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Seakamp quality is excellent. I installed their CuNi heat exchanger, transmission and oil coolers on my FL 120 a couple years ago.

As far as price, I get better wholesale prices from Seakamp than I receive from others. I'm not sure what the retail price differences are.
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I bought a exchanger for my Westerbeek generator this winter from AAA and was very satisfied. The replacement turned out to be a Sea Kemp which I have on my Lehman main engines. Good price and excellent service.
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You should contact Sen-Dure in Ft. Lauderdale, who makes about any kind of HE you can imagine. Not sure if they sell direct to consumer IIRC they once did. Very high quality.

E-Mail us at: sen-dure@att.net
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Sealkamp is the only one that we have experience with. Quality has been excellent. I’ve never heard of any issues.
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You should contact Sen-Dure in Ft. Lauderdale, who makes about any kind of HE you can imagine. Not sure if they sell direct to consumer IIRC they once did. Very high quality.

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Second Sen-Dure. Used them for Onan gen on 2 separate boats, great price along with quick service.
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Second Sen-Dure. Used them for Onan gen on 2 separate boats, great price along with quick service.
Coincidentally, that was what I used them for as well, after referrals by several happy customers conformed the mechanic's rec.
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Bought a Seakamp last year, very good quality, painted with primer so ready to be paint in your favorite color.

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Chances are it is the same unit, no matter who sells it. The units I bought from Mr. Cool were Seakamps, Sendures, and Orcas.

Mr. Cool was food about tracking down the right parts and cross shipping for a fast fix for the one that was a miss. They gave a discount for the bulk order, too.
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Some other sources of heat exchangers:
https://lencocoolers.com/
https://www.ej-bowman.com/products/
https://inetmarine.com/heatexchangers.aspx
https://turmarmarine.com/ami/index.asp
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What engine? How much could you save vs OEM?


The “OEM” unit is over $1400 vs. $580 or so for a copper/nickel unit. This is for a Westerbeke 100.

I ordered a Seakamp CuNi unit.

Mine is weeping at the drain plug, weeping at the intake connection, and weeping in the back somewhere where it contacts the block.
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Most manufacturers don't make their own heat exchangers, they buy from manufacturers who specialize in that. When I replaced the transmission cooler on my C series Cummins, the dealer said I could have the same unit Cummins buys without a Cummins box for about half the price. Kind of a no brainer.

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