Re: repairing diesel engine on the dry
I got an old large plastic bucket - the size industrial floor cleaner comes in. I bought a plastic thru-hull fitting the same size as my raw water intake and installed it on teh side of the bucket near the bottom of the bucket.
I take the raw water intake hose off of the water strainer and add a four foot length and attach that to my bucket thru-hull.
I start filling the bucket with a garden hose. I could run the motor as long as I like with this set up. DON'T put it in gear - your cutless bearing needs water for lubrication.
I use this each fall with potable antifreeze to winterize the engine and each May to start and test run the motor before launch.
There are at least a half dozen guys in the boat yard that "borrow" it each fall and spring.
Irwin Citation 34