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I do think that on paper it's a tad underpowered for the weight of the boat - but when everything is clean it will run just shy of six knots - and do it all day long. That was bringing her down to the lake, on the canal. No weeds there! That being nearly hull speed, I probably shouldn't expect more.
It also pushed us into four footers out the inlet heading onto Lake Ontario from Sodus Bay for the delivery sail bringing her home.
When it does start to get caught in the weeds I can't tell if the clutch is slipping and the prop stuck, or if the prop is still turning but dragging a bale of weeds with it, and all that vegetation and the weeds obstructing water to and from the prop. Either way, that little diesel is struggling with the load.
That's going to be the next test - to go get it good and fouled and watch the propshaft between the transmission and the thru-hull.
Then, go swimming, test my weed removal method - brand new fiskars tree pruner and a snorkel for me- and see if it picks right back up again.
And if it's the clutch and I find out I have to pull the engine to get at said clutch, I may bag it, hang a nice fresh 9.9 off the back of her and call it a day. It matches my expertise better since I know gas engines well but not diesels, and even though the simplicity of a diesel should give better reliability on paper, I fear the age factor is hurting us in that regard.
I looked up some more of my hardcopy literature, and I can't find torque specs either.
Have you had any trouble on your YSE8?
Done any clutch work on it?
Thanks for responding - I appreciate it.
In the marina pending good conditions for a test day...