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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

Thanks Denise. We found pieces of the springs inside the starter when we pulled it. Neither the surveyor nor the captain said they heard anything that sounded like a loose spring inside the engine prior to the failure (I'm both new to diesel engines and hearing impaired, so you don't want to trust my ears in this case). That's part of what makes me think it wasn't just poor maintenance, but rather an accident that caused the failure.

To the DIY question, putting aside the time issue (we have lots going on lately), I don't have a dial guage, and wouldn't know what to look for if I were to rebuild this myself. I'm not set up for dragging the engine back, either, and don't relish the thought of trying to do all of this hunched over the engine. Plus, I'm not set up to, and wouldn't know how to, handle the alignment once everything was back together. It seems to me that I need the marina/another experienced mechanic to do that stuff, and that's a good chunk of the cost of the repairs. Yes, I'll still save money if I do some of this myself, but that's going to slow things down, and I'm not sure I'll save all that much, either.
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

Jim,

I'm just now going through this thread and I wanted to say how sorry I am that you got hit by the engine trouble before you got to the fun part of having the new boat. I really hope this works out for you.
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

I spoke with my insurance company on Monday, and we're all set. They gave Haven Harbour the green light to haul the boat, and HH said that she's on the schedule for later today or early tomorrow. Once she's hauled, we'll get a sense for what's wrong with her and develop a plan.

Thank you all VERY much for your support and feedback. It may not always sound like it, but I do apreciate the different perspectives people provide.
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

Hang in there man. I know how you feel. If you need a boat to go sailing in while yours is fixed, drive over to Sandy Hook and we'll go sailing

btw if you want a surveyor recommendation I've had great experiences with one particular person. Extreemly detailed.
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

Thanks! Be careful, I may take you up on the offer!
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

Hang in there. I just got my boat in the water after major (medium?) surgery. It's soooo nice to have her back and better than new.

Soon enough I hope for you!

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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

Med, it's funny, when I talked to the marina yesterday, I said to the guy "I never expected to be excited that my boat would be taken OUT of the water in May".

Glad you're back in the water; hopefully you'll be out enjoying a wonderful sumer!
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

Jim you jinxed me! My trans won't go into fwd by turning the output end. (cable off) ARRRG. going to try starting the engine see it if goes in gear that way. need water for the cutless and my pss seal when it starts. (shes on the hard yet)
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

Oh no!!!

Have you checked the fluid level in the transmission? Will the transmission turn backward? Will it spin in neutral or is it bound up?
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

fluid is good. it spins. goes in Rev. If I remember right it was always free spinning when in fwd and engine was off. rebuild parts are just under $300, I've help if I have to take it out. just won't be sailing this season!
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