Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Northern Virginia
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Yesterday, my brother & I were messing around trying to align the engine on our boat after a day of sailing--needed to do this as we had replaced some engine mounts recently and still had some vibration. This is a hard-to-access fiddly, sweaty job on the P28-2. Got it done and wanted to test by running the engine in gear in our slip. My brother goes up top, hits the starter--nothing. Crap!
I turn off the battery, and start looking through the wiring where we had been shoving things around. Found a kind of loose screw-on wire on the solenoid--in a well-protected spot that required that I break a couple new joints in my forearm--tightened it with much sweating and cursing, then tried the starter again--Nothing! Repeated this exercise for a while, until my brother "returned to the scene of the crime" where he had shoved some hose aside at one point. Aha--it wasn't a hose, but the negative cable from the battery to the starter, and it had broken off at the lug on the starter with so little resistance he didn't feel it go. Inspection showed that it was heavily corroded and must have broken off easily.
This was miserable coming at the end of a long day, but a good thing, really. From the look of it, the cable could have broken off at any time from engine vibration, leaving us in much worse shape than delaying a couple of beers. A lucky break for us.
2000 Beneteau 331
Northern Chesapeake Bay
Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy ~ Steven Wright