where has the hand crank gone???? - Page 2 - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  

Quick Menu
Boat Reviews  
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Marine Electronics
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here

Go Back   SailNet Community > General Interest > General Discussion (sailing related)
 Not a Member? 

LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-16-2006
Omatako's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Auckland New Zealand
Posts: 2,516
Thanks: 1
Thanked 32 Times in 29 Posts
Rep Power: 12
Omatako will become famous soon enough
Hand-crank a Yanmar ... Yeah, right!!

The next person to start a Yanmar 3GM30 on a hand crank will be the very first and if someone says they've done it, plug him onto a lie detector because I don't believe it. And if they pass the lie-detector test, test his compression next, the engine's probably knackered.

I tried on mine using every known trick (other than connecting it to my main sheet!!) and never even got close. The broken wrist is about right.

And this is a little engine.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Old 08-17-2006
Dewey Benson's Avatar
old cranky salt
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: San Diego
Posts: 342
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
Dewey Benson is on a distinguished road
My experience mirrors Omatako,

Little bitty Yanny on a nor'sea 27. The dudes batt fried. I (not a big guy) and two really big guys about died from exaustion, but coundnt get it to pop. It is to be said the little bugger did have compression release but the flywheel was pretty much non-existant.

Those volvo's have a good size flywheel and that might help. But for the most part.... just forget hand starting.

OH yeah, I miss the kick starts on bikes too.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Old 08-17-2006
paulk's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
Posts: 2,601
Thanks: 4
Thanked 26 Times in 25 Posts
Rep Power: 15
paulk is on a distinguished road
Have had several occasions where getting our 22hp Yanmar 3GM to start by handcrank would have been very convenient. Despite carefully following directions, releasing compression, cranking like mad, etc., not even a pop. We now carry a spare battery power-starter pack. It's easier to find and less rusty than the crank, though we haven't needed it...yet.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Old 08-17-2006
can't re member
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 318
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
yotphix is on a distinguished road
As a kid on a sail training ship we had a one cylinder diesel genny that we always started on a handcrank. It took a little practice but once you got the hang of it it went decompression, three spins, throw back the lever and voila! Perfect every time. To be fair, a one cylinder probably had a very heavy flywheel. Also the learning curve could be painful if you threw the lever at the wrong time and got a backfire. Wrist twist if you didn't let go, a crank in the chin if you did!

My folks also had a Lada car from Russia in the eighties that came with a crank and i tried that with sucess each time although to be fair, gas engines are easy.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:10 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.