Date: 2 January 2016. Getting Betsy
My engine is beautiful. Her name is Betsy. She is quiet and purrs along. What
is left to do? The fuel return
line. The mechanic could not find the old one from the BOB engine so who
knows? Maybe the last engine did not have one though I believe all
diesels have a fuel return line. In any event Paul was successful in getting the
engine up and running. My prayers have been answered. Here is what's
been done by Sunrize Marine thus far:
Paul of Sunrize Marine looking at the situation and
making a plan of action.
Coming part-way into a job is always difficult.
Essentially a mechanic must figure out what the previous plan was,
along with how he is going to make it work now. The key for me is to
have a boat that can move under her own power. Being stuck for
another hurricane season is unacceptable.
Besides, Seaweed was made for
cruising. She is set up for life off the grid and I am anxious for new
vistas. There are so many places to visit on the Gulf coast being
tied up is simply torture. Mind you, it is torture with a fabulous view. Have I
mentioned the weather is wonderful down here?
Life on a boat is not suffering. I
might be a bit testy sometimes when things are going belly up
however you must know this:
I love my life
aboard Seaweed. She is both my shelter and my ticket to freedom. I am
fortunate beyond measure and grateful for all the blessings that
come with life afloat.
Exploring beaches with Skipper is always fun. This one,
with its "No Dogs Allowed" sign reminds me
why civilization needs work. Or I need to be someplace remote where
rules have not been made...
But I digress.
The fuel return line has to be attached. My mechanic
said he would be here this week however in listening to his schedule I
am not expecting him until the following week. He had a crane job (dinghy on
top of boat) that was awaiting a part (arrived) and a one day job. No
job takes a day. There is always something discovered during the
process so I am planning on him early next week. And that is okay.
I do understand priorities and
am glad I'm in his schedule.
Paul arrived with tools and has
knowledge. Heck, Paul even has his own lathe and mill at his shop. He was
able to smooth out one thing and built me an expansion tank for the
heat exchanger. Not everyone has those talents. Paul of Sunrize
Marine, paraphrased, described it this way:
A technician replaces parts. A
professional finds out why something
happened and solves the
underlying problem before replacing parts.
RETURN LINE is temporarily run to a
CONTAINER below the engine.
The FUEL RETURN LINE is
temporarily run to a CONTAINER below
That hose that appears to end at the coupler next
to the blue star above is actually unattached. I totally removed
it yesterday. I should have done so earlier.
The heat exchanger (big thing at the
top of the picture) is off the boat now.
As you may recall from the
Welding Shop and a Riser
article a stainless box surrounding the riser pipe was removed
by Todd of Lizotte's Welding.
His company was recommended
by two cruisers. One local fellow and a boat currently in the Bahamas
spoke highly of Todd. The man has a reputation and it is a good
one. Prices are fair and the work is excellent.
Lizotte's Welding in St. Pete, FL
I also bought at the suggestion of Stu a roll of
2" x 50' Titanium Exhaust Heat Wrap. It will cover the exhaust
manifold and riser pipe prior to where the raw water enters it.
This protective shield will ensure that I cannot accidentally burn
myself on those hot pipes. You know how hot your car's exhaust pipe
gets. The same principle applies to my diesel engine.
EXHAUST MANIFOLD WRAPPED, and
and EXPANSION TANK, and
FUEL SHUT-OFF VALVE.
about Betsy picture:
Same photo repeated for easier reference
without scrolling to description on right.
From the top: First the
EXHAUST MANIFOLD (green oval) is wrapped with a
special fiberglass tape that will keep it cooler to the touch on the
outside. When working above an engine I will be safer. We, meaning
Paul, also wrapped the riser until where the raw water enters that
Next Paul put back on the
ALTERNATOR (red star). I do have a 55 amp Hurth
with a separate stud for an external multi-stage regulator. That is a
definite desire for later. Mounting the larger alternator will not be
By Paul's thumb is an EXPANSION TANK
he created at his shop for Seaweed. The standard radiator cap fits
the hole and filling with coolant will be easy. This is a spiffy setup.
There is a standard Kubota heat
exchanger now secured to my motor mount support. It is plumbed with
hose. Pipe would have meant worries about vibration weakening the
joints. That won't happen now.
Because a smaller heat exchanger
is in use the temperature will be better regulated by my thermostat.
FUEL SHUT-OFF VALVE (purple arrow) was a good idea in
theory that was not so good in reality. It was mine and there is no one to
blame but self. I wanted a way to cut fuel to the engine in case
there was a problem.
There was. The problem was that between the fuel
shut-off valve and the engine, there is enough fuel in the
line to run for thirty minutes! Have I mentioned my little
diesel does not use much fuel?!?
On the final visit Paul will be wiring an engine cut
off switch. This Kubota has a power-off gizmo and I will be able to
shut her down immediately. That is a critical safety feature in my view.
Event: I was coming into a dock with Beast,
the gasoline engine. When I tried to put her in neutral nothing
happened. She remained in forward gear. Rather than crash into the
dock at speed I immediately shut down the engine. Fortunately I was
not going fast and no damage was done.
That is precisely why I will always have a
way to immediately shut down the engine quickly.
At present if I just let the fuel go into a container she runs. She
runs quiet too. I put down the decks while she was running and the
noise was not too bad. I could hear the VHF radio and that is
important to me. At some point in the future I will consider
installing sound barriers.
Inside the home Daddy built.
↑ She's a 40' steel sedan
cruiser with a fly-bridge.
On our 40'er we had wall-to-wall carpet UNDER the decks as a sound
barrier. Above was a layer of cork that did not do well with oil and
such. Later rolled linoleum made clean-ups easier. You might note
the edges for decks are aluminum trimmed. That means you can take a
screwdriver to them and raise each deck section easily. Those fancy
pull rings cost money. This way from any angle you could raise the
wood. And all decks came up in our *saloon.
*Saloon or Salon: Also known as
Deck House or the place you sit around and shoot the breeze, do your
living and plan your next adventure. Ours was comfy. The loveseat
(above in corner) was a hide-a-bed for when guests came. It was not
real comfortable for sleeping and that was fine. Visitors, like fish after three days,
begin to stink.
Seaweed went into gear easily
without a clunk. That is a good sign. Like before there was water
movement at the transom. I started to take the boat I am rafted to
out of the slip. That was mighty fine. Then Paul noted a drip of
transmission fluid by the shifter attachment gizmo. He put the
engine back into neutral and then he shut her down.
An engine painted
white means drips are easily spotted.
Paul removed the piece where the
drip emanated. While he had it disassembled he smoothed the
stainless shaft inside the gizmo on his lathe. Spiffy. On returning
with the new gasket in place all was well. No more drips could be
Life is good aboard Seaweed.
This is what Paul has
accomplished thus far:
Glow plugs wired
New hoses for cooling system
New to me heat exchanger
attached and plumbed
Built and installed an
expansion tank for the coolant
Attached the riser and wrapped
it plus exhaust manifold in fiberglass heat-shield
Wired a new key start for
Detached, fixed and replaced
gizmo (clutch attachment thing) by transmission
Replaced sending unit for oil
Changed and built new orifice
for thermostat housing
MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL: I heard
my Betsy running. Gosh that was wonderful!
Like any boat project more was
discovered in the course of the repair. Such is the norm and why
it is imperative to budget for extras. Yet to do includes attaching
the throttle and shifter cables, wiring a shut down switch,
attaching the fuel return line and probably more I have forgotten.
However we are Close. THISclose.
Life afloat is wonderful. That
I will be able to take her out for a spin at will means more to me
than you can imagine. Besides I have cruising to do. I do not want
to wait too long. As Peggie Hall so rightly pointed out in the
Is your engine painted white? Did you change it or was
it a Previous Owner's decision?
And, can you use any paint for your engine or does it require a special
concoction? (I'm curious.)
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