Well thanks to a lot of info from folks here, I've finally bought a boat. I would say the boat is in excellent condition as it was well cared for by the previous owner. As you can imagine I have lots of questions about repairs/upgrades, so I'll try and keep things organized here in this one thread in a nice list. I like lists
General Boat Info:
- 1973 Coronado 27
- Re-powered in 1985 with a Yanmar YSM8 (currently ~1500hrs)
- Also has a 1985 8hp Evinrude for redundancy (diesel runs flawlessly though)
- This boat spent ~10yrs on the hard sometime in the late '80's to '90's
Question #1: Diesel Controls
First I apologize for not knowing the name of the control type. It has two levers, one longer than the other. The long lever controls forward/reverse while the shorter one is the throttle.
My question is: should these levers operate independently? Currently I can adjust the throttle without the forward/reverse lever moving, but if switch from forward to reverse it also pulls the throttle lever back with it. Is this normal or does it need some TLC?
I have a feeling this isn't right because it could hypothetically cause you to stall the engine and come crashing into the dock with a great "thud" in front of a bunch of the club executives on your first time out. "Hypothetically" I mean
Would it be a big job to install a different type of control? I am rather partial to the single lever controls.
Question #2: Sink Drain
The sink drains through a thru-hull, but it seems to do so very slowly. If I fill the sink it takes it 10+ minutes to drain. Is this normal?
The cockpit drains also drain through the same thru-hull. I was thinking about trying to use a snake to clear any debris. Is that the best approach?
Question #3: Gland Seal
I have noticed that there is a constant drip from the gland seal; about 1 drip every 2 seconds or so. Is that normal or should I be concerned?
I'd estimate I take about 12 to 15 liters of water out of the bilge every week.
Question #4: Bilge Pump
This boat does not have a fitted bilge pump, just a few "bicycle pump" type pumps and a bucket. I would like to install one but am not sure of the best way to do this.
Someone at the marina told me to route it out the sink drain thru-hull, but I am hesitant to do that as I think it will provide too much back pressure to the pump.
I did some digging and most of the guides (and bilge pump instructions) I can find suggest expelling the water above the water line.
The biggest problem is that the bilge is not
very accessible; it is basically the same as a Columbia 26 for those familiar. It is far too shallow to install anything under the panels where the keel bolts are. One of the previous owners cut a grapefruit size hole in the sole just aft of the keel bolts which allows access to the "real" bilge.
My current plan is to make this hole bigger and to some standard size so I can install a proper cover. Then install a pump like this
and route a hose back to the transom. Although routing a hose past the engine could have complications.
I was originally going to get the model with the built in sensor, but I think I'd rather have the sensor somewhere higher than the pump, so it will only go off automatically in an emergency.
I guess my question is, other than general advice, how does one normally attach a pump like that? What should I be screwing it into?