Friday, December 11, 2015
The Mariner Project - Part 2
When I sailed recently in the Coastal Classic race on board 'Lion New Zealand' the skipper in his briefing remarked that " Lions marine toilets (she had 2) were made by people who hate sailors". Everyone laughed. The boat owners among us laughed a bit more wryly and would have added marine diesel engines to the list. Engines and toilets are extremely useful, but they also smell, can leak stuff everywhere, get blocked with stuff and sometimes decide not to work just when you need them the most. Of course us boat owners also have to take some responsibility and admit that things might work a lot more reliably if we did the routine maintenance.
1 - The engine will start and run, but doesn't pump any coolant water through the system. This may be a problem with the water pump or more likely the water jacket around the cylinder head may be clogged up with 35 years of metal 'scale' and rust.
2 - Salt water ingress has rusted the angle iron that the engine mounts are bolted to.
3 - Many parts of the engine are rusty and need attention.
4 - The engine mounts need renewing.
5 - Oil leaks from the engine sump plate continue despite a number of attempts to tighten the nuts up.
6 - The traditional dripping stern gland continues to drip and needs to changed to one of those new fangled non-drip varieties.
Today I had a long talk to Kurt on board his 40 foot Junk rigged schooner that is fitted with an Eco Friendly Electric Motor. More of that later!