Join Date: Feb 2010
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Inherited previously submerged engine -- where do we start?
(I also posted this over at Moyer Marine forums)
Sometime in my new-to-me Tartan 27's past, the interior flooded to about the height of the quarter berths, which put the A4 (previous condition unknown) in water for some amount of time. The water is since gone and I have no way of knowing how long it sat in water, but it looks to be in a sorry state and is frozen up from what we can currently tell.
I've read some other posts in here where the engine was recently submerged and I gather that one needs to get it running ASAP after those immersions, but obviously the horse has long since left the barn. Several things that had been wet (cushions and what not) smelled and felt oily so clearly oil had drifted about while the cabin was flooded; however, the finished wood in the cabin doesn't really have much by way of water marks so I don't have the sense the water sat there for a long enough time to ruin the woodwork.
BTW, this is a boat that's been up on stands (uncovered at least some of the time) for 3-6 years or so, so the water was almost certainly rain water or snow melt.
Simply pulling and buying a new engine is not financially feasible at the moment, so if we *can* salvage this one, we'd prefer to.
Is there anything we should do other than begin disassembling things/having it pulled out? Is there something in particular we should be attentive to right away?
1964 Tartan 27
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