so my first boat has broken down with less than 4 hours on it. I bought it with my brother who has owned a boat before and i have crewed with him and done the appropriate classes. its a 95 benneteau 281 with a diesel yanmar.
Was motoring to get the mast stepped for about 10 minutes @60-70% power. The engine sound started to change.......
How come no engine temp alarm on a '95 Benneteau? Or wasn't it working?
Were the gauges working? Why didn't the mechanic prove them. That's just normal maintenance, isn't it?
When I turn my key on the damn thing starts shrieking and there are red lights everywhere.
That tells me that my alarms are working,.... I think..... I don't have gauges.
Just Knothea....I mean idiot lights.
If the sound of an engine changes when you haven't touched anything, shouldn't the first thing you do is find out why? Don't let it shut itself down.
....... and i thought something might be up but only have 2 hours of time with the motor so wasn't sure. Well, 30-60 seconds later, the engine cut out and i noticed white smoke venting. Went below to establish i didn't have a fire and the engine compartment was completely full of smoke. vented the compartment and cabin, got a tow in and started to look around. Noticed a lot of green liquid under the engine and no obvious hose leaks.
After letting it cool for a couple of hours, i was able to restart the engine and confirm that water was getting spurted out exhaust. I am thinking its a leak in the closed cooling system, i lost coolant below engine and it shut down due to overheating. Any other ideas?
So in an effort to be prudent, i had yacht yard fully tune and check everything on engine including hose clamps and fluids prior to launch. I don't know when it was done last so do it all was my thought. I am thinking the work that they did failed to prevent this issue and i am wondering if it was done at all. THe oil is new.
I contacted the yacht yard yesterday but the mechanic had left for day. Is it reasonable to ask him to come to the boat to look at it? Its about a 10 minute drive from yard to emergency dockage.
sorry for long rambling post but i am kind of between a rock and a hard place on this and a bit stressed out because i am not sure what best thing to do is. I also wouldn't mind avoiding and expensive tow.
I have considered adding water to closed cooling and running for no more than 5 minutes at a time. Is that super stupid? I haven't figured out how to check that fluid level yet and think it might be a good idea to add just to see if i can find the leak
If you want to become a diesel mechanic, then dig into your system yourself and take some classes and buy some tools and be self sufficient. More power to ya. I respect you for it.
I have sucked enough diesel, and in some of the worst situations, trying to get my engine going, that I know I don't want to be a diesel mechanic.
I figure that if my engine is getting air and fuel and has enough compression, it should run. If it doesn't then I need to find a mechanic
. And if I'm shore-side, that's the first thing I'd do.