Date: 21 May 2015: Project Second
in the previous article
Marinizing the Cooling System of a
we had a plan
and gathered components to bring said plan to fruition. Then I
posted our strategy and hoped that we had covered all the bases.
Well, apparently not.
As all of
us learn eventually, it's not generally a single point of failure
when something goes wrong. A myriad of smaller details compound and
create the disaster. And a couple of things that are important were
not included. This might be simply me not having all the details in
ongoing discussion detailed in the previous article I was asked by
Chris: Janice, how far into the project are you -- really? In
terms of money, of course, but also intellectual and emotional
commitment? Far enough in that there's no turning back? Or
investigating/comparing other options?
This is my
wise Chris? Too much.
Kubota engine must be used. I cannot replace/switch that part. It is
the perfect size. Most boats are vastly overpowered. From specs,
8hp is all that's required to move my Seaweed at hull speed. The
18hp Kubota is more than adequate.
peripherals however? I am not tied to anything.
Living on a
boat that doesn't move is simply
sub-standard housing with a nice
necessary for Seaweed to be mobile and she is not. I love
done so far: (and I will not admit how long this had taken)
bell housing ordered, bought/installed (6 weeks between order and
for motor mounts installed (aluminum angle iron thru-bolted to
exchanger gifted to me
stainless unit did not fit. Okay, measurements were perfect,
everything built then the motor was put on the motor mounts,
aligned perfectly, and the bulkhead (structural) was in the
Options included adding a bend (pipe, not box) in the unit or
moving the motor forward. Decision made to go forward. That
involved the purchase of a flexible coupler.
Those are the major components done. I *was* thrilled to be
THISclose (theoretically) to completion. It is my understanding what
is left is to align the motor, install water pump and begin sea
wiring too and add an alternator. A friend on Bemused has a 60amp
alternator from his Yanmar. Rick upgraded to a Balmar 120. We are
not sure if it will mount up to the Kubota. If not I will mail it back.
as the engine in concerned I am using the Kubota. That is a certainty.
cannot afford another and this one is paid for. The marinization is
the sticky spot. Nothing is written in stone though of course I
would prefer to use what I have rather than spend more money that
I do not have.
important of all is to get her right so she is dependable.
The men who offered advice in the
Marinizing the Cooling System of a Tractor
post are amazing. Having extra eyes pointed out some major issues.
Thankfully they can be avoided. The system will be better than ever,
thanks to their input. I am truly grateful!!!
note: For some reason (okay, I pay my bills on time) I have good
credit and therefore have options financially. That still means I
have to pay the bills though and that part concerns me. [I was one of
those TARP'ed out of existence when "we're from the government and
only rich bankers will be harmed" during the banking crisis so my
nest-egg is gone.]
I am not
intransigent regarding this project. If there is a better way that
is within my budget I am open to change. And that is why I posted
here and elsewhere. I am hearing one side (my mechanic's) and needed
reminiscent to when Son was small. His surgeon was "the" doctor
who wrote the books on how to do the surgery. Well, results were
less than spectacular and no one in the Miami area would suggest
any other solutions. Finally I took my little guy eight hours away
to another physician of equal stature in a related specialty who
had his own sense of direction. I followed that one and though not
perfect, it was better.
Son and daughter in the tow
boat my dad ran down for a time in the FL Keys.
the curious: Son was born with a severe bi-lateral cleft lip and
palate. In the 21 years he lived (had a heart attack 13 April
2002) he spoke clearly and perfectly two days. Then the surgery
ripped loose. There were multi-pronged efforts to fix the birth
defects and related issues, vision, hearing, speech, etc. And I
loved him just as he was...]
that is probably far more detail than you wanted, but there you have
it. I am open to change. And I do welcome suggestions.
course I would not be human if I did not admit to hoping that the
planning was perfect and that others had done it "my way" with
success. Everyone likes that. Alas, this is where life is at
time is here. Options are available and making the best choice is my
responsibility, with the input from others more experienced of
opinions from others with experience is critical to success.
Thank you to all who have offered your insight. It is useful and
I'd love to hear what you do when weighing options.
And, have I missed anything else you consider important?
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