Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
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Re: What check on diesel that's been sitting for 2-3 years.
My second boat had been on the hard for over a year before I bought her. I knew very little about diesels at the time. The broker (who was excellent) told me the engine was in good operating condition, and that it would start and run properly, and that a survey would prove this. He said that it was HIS responsibility to get the engine running correctly.
Anyway, we agreed on a price, pending survey of course, and the yard dropped the boat in the water and worked on getting the engine going. It took a while as there were a number of 'issues' (the engine water intake was clogged with mud from insects, the batteries were flat, etc.) but eventually the engine fired up and ran. After about 10 minutes it purred right along and the surveyor gave the engine (and the rest of the boat) the thumbs up.
I had that boat for 3 years and the engine ran flawlessly for the entire time.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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