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Re: Getting ahead of myself

RockDawg, thanks for the offer! I've had a few PM's from folks offering to help, too, which is VERY much appreciated! The father-in-law of a close family friend is a retired oceanographer and former sailboat owner. As I understand it, he's looking for projects, so if the survey goes well, I may see if he's free. I'm kind of quiet (despite the number of posts I do here!), and he is too, so I think we'd be a good fit. A good friend of mine also used to teach sailing up in Long Island Sound, and I may see if he's available. The problem I have with asking ANYONE else aboard is that the boat is currently in desperate need of a good cleaning. I hope to accomplish that on the 9th or 10th, and at that point I may be more comfortable with the idea of having others aboard. In her current state, though, the cabin is a mess, there are a few leaks that may make the cushions less than comfortable, etc., so I'm a bit reluctant to ask folks to come along. I know I can make her "presentable" fairly quickly, but right now, she needs a lot of elbow grease.
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Jim, thanks for the engine test info. That's very helpful! My plan was to replace the filters before I headed out, but I like the idea of having a few on hand just in case. I have some pictures of the engine, but I can't see the filters well enough to get the part numbers so I'll have to do that after I'm there. I know I can get the default part numbers from the service guide, but I've read about people putting aftermarket filter kits on the Universal M20's (5416's) and I want to make sure I'm buying the right ones. I'll also get a spare belt or two.

I'll need to figure out which impeller it needs - the engine is FWC, and I need to better understand how that works.

Chef, the chartplotter question is a good one - I don't know. I know it has a GPS antenna, but I'm not sure if it has a plotter. It was cold and a little windy when I was there before, so I was anxious to get below, and never even bothered to lift the cover on the radar to see a model number or anything - I keep kicking myself over that. Fortunately, I have a chart plotter from my old boat, which I'll be bringing. I do need to get the upated maps for it.
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Re: Getting ahead of myself

You may want to verify the impellers you purchase are correct by actually replacing one. I just read part of a book about a guy who found out his implellers did not fit when his engine started to overheat on a lee shore. Not a real good time to figure it out.
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Re: Getting ahead of myself

Maybe I skipped over it and it's' obvious somewhere earlier in this thread, but what kind of boat is it, general condition, hull shape, etc.? I'm just wondering if that might possibly affect the advice you get.
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RockDawg, thanks for the offer! I've had a few PM's from folks offering to help, too, which is VERY much appreciated! The father-in-law of a close family friend is a retired oceanographer and former sailboat owner. As I understand it, he's looking for projects, so if the survey goes well, I may see if he's free. I'm kind of quiet (despite the number of posts I do here!), and he is too, so I think we'd be a good fit. A good friend of mine also used to teach sailing up in Long Island Sound, and I may see if he's available. The problem I have with asking ANYONE else aboard is that the boat is currently in desperate need of a good cleaning. I hope to accomplish that on the 9th or 10th, and at that point I may be more comfortable with the idea of having others aboard. In her current state, though, the cabin is a mess, there are a few leaks that may make the cushions less than comfortable, etc., so I'm a bit reluctant to ask folks to come along. I know I can make her "presentable" fairly quickly, but right now, she needs a lot of elbow grease.
Fuel Filter point was twofold. 1 nice to know you can change it easily and also
that things arent rusted shut and two, very often times especiialy on a body of the water lke the Delaware Bay or the Ocean the motion of the boat
will stir sediment up from the bottom of the fuel tank and clog the filter. Hapenns in older bopats especially. I am maily speaking of the primary one here.
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I thought about Enterprise, and that's probably the way I'll go. I'd like to leave my car somewhere near Delaware City, then have them come pick me up with the car. Then I drive to Deltaville and, if I'm lucky, leave the car at the marina for them to pick up. Otherwise, I'll lose time the first day, but it may be the most practical way to handle everything...
Enterprise is also great about coming back to get the car, but usually only where they dropped it off in the first place. If renting one way, you usually have to bring it to their store. They are likely to give you a ride back to the marina, however.
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Re: Getting ahead of myself

Rgscpat, she is a 1980 Allmand 31. The hull is in good shape, and she has good bones, but she needs a lot if TLC.
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Re: Getting ahead of myself

Jim,
Before leaving I would change the oil & filter, replace the fuel filters, engine zinc and impeller and check all your hoses -- especially the water inlet from the seacock to the engine for your cooling water. If that hose goes it can sink the boat. Again your surveyor *should* check the condition of the engine hoses but it only takes a minute to double check yourself. If the engine is covered with gunk spritz it down with a degreaser like Greased Lightning followed by a little fresh water then vac out the bilge. This won't make the engine squeaky clean but if you look the engine over after the trip you'll be able to see if there are any leaks. You'll need one of these to suck the oil out through the dipstick as there's no drainplug.

The M20 is a pretty common diesel. Here're some links from the Westerbeke site that may be useful.
M20 General Info
M20 Engine Manual & Online Owner's Manual
M20 Parts Manual
M20 Spare Parts Kit - order at marinas that are Westerbeke dealers. On Forked River that's Silver Cloud

I make the mistake sometimes of thinking everyone is mechanically inclined. If you're not see if your surveyor can recommend a diesel mechanic to change your filters and ask if he can show you how while he's working.
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Re: Getting ahead of myself

Some gratuitous engine shots:


I believe the off-white thing near the top is the oil filter, and the fuel filter is (kind of) visible down lower in the picture.



I need to start reading the manuals for the engine so I can get a feel for what everything is/does.

Jim, I'm learning to be more mechanically inclined! I'm not great, but usually OK. I'm better with electronics.
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Re: Getting ahead of myself

Shoot me a PM, Maybe I can strap you in for a week at my dock on the Magothy (across from Rock Hall). Save you a couple hundred while you go home and work for more boat bucks.
I'd offer to crew on the trip, but I'll be working my own boat.
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