valve seats and guides for Sabb engines

Hello everyone
We are toiling away on Calypso, slowly checking things off of the to do list. We are planning to deal with the engine, and were wondering if anyone out there knows if the valve seats and guides are engine specific or can we just go generic?
If the answer is, as I am guessing it will be, that we have to have Saab parts, does anyone happen to have a current Sabb dealer name/number? Our last contact was in 1996 and our information is at least that old.
Thanks for any help on this one.
Here’s looking forward to the September rendezvous!
Calypso, BCC #6


Bill Miller, Sabb America in Florida is the only dealer in the U.S. now. 888-301-1706 Sabb stopped producing the engine in 2002 after 46 years of producing the G engine. The valve guides are probably specific to Sabb. Bill Miller stocks both the shop and owners manual. The owners manual is almost a shop manual. Parts are readily available throughout the world.

When your prop is fully feathered, is there still some pitch left in the prop???


Hi Rod:
Basically no: a little bit of pitch visible on either side, blades twisted (pretty much feathers perfectly): only way to adjust pitch completely is to cut the shaft at the coupling.?

Hi Jeremy,

I’m sure they are specific. Bill Miller in Florida is THE Sabb guy in the states. I’m at work right now and all the info is at home on the boat. I can get you his phone number tonight.

Also, there is a couple of mechanics in England who have/get parts and supposedly know the engines inside and out. I’ll get you that email address as well.

Also, I think I have the Sabb factory fax number where you can order direct, but I believe they will not ship to the US (protecting their distributor) and there is also a language problem.

I think the big problem with the Sabb is its reliability. Needs parts so rarely that no one can make a living handling them. When I first got my Sabb 10 G in '83 (it’s a ’ 78) there supposedly two parts distributors in the US; Bill Miller in Florida had everything east of the Mississippi and another guy in Washington state had everything west of the Mississippi. I understand the guy on west coast was also a Sabb mechanic but sometime in the late '80s he moved to Canada and became a carperter because he couldn’t make a living working on Sabbs. Anyway it makes a good story. Sort of like the Maytag repairman.

My Sabb hasn’t seen a great deal of use but in the 20 years I’ve had it the only thing I had to do to it was replace the head gasket when I stupidly let it overheat(broken seawater strainer) and the teeth on the handcrank spokewheel wore themselves flat.

I’ll email you tonight.

Stan Roeder hull #22 Waxwing