Date: 10 January 2014. Progress on Engine.
It seems like so very long ago that
a friend offered to sell me his spare diesel. Bob is the sort of boat
owner who believes if you need one of an item, two is better. Having a
rebuild kit is also a good idea and generally speaking that's the way
Bob's sailboat Maverick is set up. It's a good way to go, especially when
contemplating departing the United States. There are no spare parts
mid-Atlantic, and yes, Maverick has *crossed the pond.
*Crossed the pond: in boat talk,
means crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
Thus, when an opportunity came for
Bob to buy a spare engine, he did so. Well, after a few years in storage
and no call for same he was generous enough to offer the engine to me at
his cost, and even allowed me to make payments! This was back in early
The Big News].
In late October the engine arrived in Carrabelle.
Everything on or pertaining to a
boat takes longer than anticipated. That's a given.
Then came the engine tear
down/rebuild. Of course any engine sitting for a time (years!) is going to
have some issues and there were more than a few. Fortunately I'd chosen
Just Right Marine
[http://justrightmarine.com]. Parts acquisition for old Volvo's is generally fairly
straight forward, at least with relatively new engines. This Volvo however
is not new -- not by a long shot!
Jerry (of Just Right Marine in
located all we needed in England. The supplier:
Key Part will ship to the United States. Contact: Kevin
Items were ordered the week of 9
December 2013. There were a couple of Volvo brand items that were not in
stock and the company quickly notified me of same. The following Monday
(16 December 2013) everything was shipped via UPS Air Freight. On
Wednesday I stopped into Jerry's place to let him know the parts were on
Wrong! They had already arrived. Two
days from the United Kingdom to a small community in Florida is amazing.
When I asked "where?" Jerry pointed me to a small box on his counter. When
I said "That's $750 dollars?!" he indicated a second box behind me. It
wasn't very big either. (sigh)
Wow! I know for certain Volvo parts
are not cheap. That's one thing you'll always hear about a Volvo:
expensive parts. Still, when you've got an old engine having the parts
available counts for something. And no one questions Volvo durability.
So, the following day Steve (a
mechanic who works for Just Right) put everything back together -- the new
fuel pump is installed, rings, gaskets, and more. It was a big job and now
my engine is looking better and better!