Engine maintenance

After a three wonderful days of sailing around the southern area in the Gulf Islands in 15 to 20 knot winds and fog (sorry no photos), we are back in our marina resting up and getting ready for a much longer sail.  While puttering around, we thought it would be a good time to change the sacrificial zincs and the fuel filter in our diesel engine.  Easy you say, but we have discovered differently!!

Cleaned sea strainer

Cleaned sea strainer

While sailing last week, we noticed that we had no sacrificial zincs around our engine propeller shaft and decided that the first thing we would do was to have a diver come in and put in a new one around the shaft.  Our marina and dock area seem to be producing a lot of electrolysis as we and our neighbours have discovered (a hot marina).  We changed the zincs on our engine shaft last October and yet the one on the shaft was completely gone within 9 months!  Usually we’ve been good for about a year and a bit before we get through 50% of the zincs. Rob also tried to replace the sacrificial zincs in the engine itself and that did not work out so well.  While pulling off the old zinc, it broke and is now stuck in the heat exchanger.

Sacrificial zinc

Sacrificial zinc

Rob replaced the fuel filter on the engine as again the last time was last year but now we can’t seem to get the engine started.  There appears to be an airlock in the system but no matter how much pumping and priming we do to try to get rid of it, the airlock just won’t leave.  It has been 2 days of trying to free the airlock and trying to start the engine with no success, so we’ll try again tomorrow.  We know we are getting closer from talking with other sailors in the marina but it is sooo frustrating. The longer it takes for us to fix our engine the less time we will have to sail around Vancouver Island and the coast of British Columbia.  We are starting to get a bit nervous as we don’t know how much longer the weather would hold for us to sail around.  We have never sailed in these areas before and most people tell us that the best time is in the summer until mid- to late-September.  Hopefully, we can get this boat fixed in time to head out and see some of the beautiful coast!

Fuel filter

Fuel filter

Front of our Beta Engine

Front of our Beta Engine

Top of our Beta Engine

Our Beta Engine

So while we wait, we are reading up on all the areas we want to go sailing to including Charlie’s Charts of the US Pacific Coast (1st editionand Pacific Yachting Cruising Guide to British Columbia! ~Sophia & Rob

 

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