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Topic Review (Newest First)
12-08-2011 08:47 PM
carl762 Congratulations. She's a beauty. I'd like, please, to see pics of the inside. Cabin looks huge.
12-08-2011 08:32 PM
SeaMck333 Good sailing! I learned on a Pearson 27, and they sail like a dream, lucky you!
12-08-2011 08:10 PM
itsaboat
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Originally Posted by MarkSF View Post
I'd suggest doing a compression test sooner rather than later, this will tell you whether it's worth spending more time on fixing the engine. Given it's history of starting issues, poor compression does spring to mind.
Good point Mark, thanks. That came to my mind as well, but I have been pushing it down into my subconscious since a ring job does not sound like much fun. Of course, on a single cylinder engine, it might not be that bad. Do you think it is something that could be done in place, or would we have to pull the engine? The PO gave me the workshop manual for the MD5B, so it should be doable but getting the parts might be a challenge.

I am also going to look at the diesel in the tank. I don't think that it has been sailed that much in the past few years and a 15 gal tank of diesel could last... God, I don't know how long. How long is diesel good? I found a few things on the web that tell you what to look for if the fuel is breaking down or has grown organisms. So I will look at that. Any other suggestions?
12-08-2011 07:58 PM
MarkSF I'd suggest doing a compression test sooner rather than later, this will tell you whether it's worth spending more time on fixing the engine. Given it's history of starting issues, poor compression does spring to mind.
12-08-2011 07:14 PM
tommays Good luck with it
12-08-2011 06:12 PM
itsaboat
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Congratulations on the new boat. One of the very best elements of sailing is the aquisistion of knowledge and experience. You're gonna have a blast discovering the nuances of the P27 and the lifestyle.

Be sure to report back with some photos if you get her out on the water this winter. Those of us soon to be frozen up here in the Great Lakes could use some sea stories from those of you who don't have hard water in January.
Thanks K. If I get her out I will definitely post some pics. The fall and winter are good sailing seasons down here, but can be a bit nippy (I am looking at rapidly melting snow patches out my window). The local sailing club holds their keelboat races in these seasons since the wind is usually better than summer.

I am jealous of you great lakes sailors in the summer and all the space you have to roam. Our little ten mile long pond will be a good training ground for now though.
12-08-2011 06:05 PM
itsaboat
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I thought this thread might be interesting, on the MD5B not starting.

volvo penta md5b not starting - SailboatOwners.com
Thanks Mark. I saw that one when I was doing some research prior to deciding to buy the boat. The thread was actually started by the PO, I think, so the starting problems with the engine are not new. I know that he had it sailing since then so he must have gotten it started. Obviously, this will be the first thing that I will work on. I told my wife that my sailing hobby will begin after my small diesel repair hobby.

I have a mate who owns a garage and sailed in his younger days. He was excited when he learned I might get a boat and do some sailing again, so he is on board for the engine fix. Thanks for the encouragement; I will post updates.
12-08-2011 05:10 PM
cb32863 Congrats on the boat and good luck with her. Pics are definitely a must.

12-08-2011 04:44 PM
MarkSF I thought this thread might be interesting, on the MD5B not starting.

volvo penta md5b not starting - SailboatOwners.com
12-08-2011 04:31 PM
kwaltersmi Congratulations on the new boat. One of the very best elements of sailing is the aquisistion of knowledge and experience. You're gonna have a blast discovering the nuances of the P27 and the lifestyle.

Be sure to report back with some photos if you get her out on the water this winter. Those of us soon to be frozen up here in the Great Lakes could use some sea stories from those of you who don't have hard water in January.
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