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05-28-2013 09:58 AM
mad_machine
Re: the key to sailing

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Originally Posted by fryewe View Post
It's a Yanmar. Perhaps they are like John Deere tractors which use Yanmars. There are only two keys for John Deere tractors for all models. The key for my tractor will start tractors all over the country.
it's surprising how many things are like that. Working in a theatre, we have a scissor style manlift. I have my own key for it and I have yet to find another manlift that I cannot use my key on.. and yes, I have tested quite a few
05-28-2013 01:40 AM
fryewe
Re: the key to sailing

It's a Yanmar. Perhaps they are like John Deere tractors which use Yanmars. There are only two keys for John Deere tractors for all models. The key for my tractor will start tractors all over the country.
05-27-2013 11:56 PM
Alex W
Re: the key to sailing

Is it a Yanmar?

My favorite trick there is that they all use the same key. I'm not actually convinced that there are tumblers in the key switch, a screwdriver seems to work too.
05-27-2013 11:52 PM
fryewe
Re: the key to sailing

First owner of my boat deliberately broke the key while it was in the ignition deep enough for starting. Stubby flat bladed screwdriver is my key and there is no danger of not being able to turn the ignition.

I like your troubleshooting guide:
- 1. Get beer. Open.
- 2. Mull while drinking beer.
- 3. After mulling take action.
- 4. Continue taking action until problem is solved.
05-27-2013 04:14 PM
Capt Len
Re: the key to sailing

If the engine has a solenoid fuel shut off you'll need two jumpers. One to engage fuel ( hot to injector pump) and the other to jump the hot to starter .
05-27-2013 03:46 PM
CatMan22
Re: the key to sailing

Nothing like a great McGuyver ending to a day out sailing. There's a real sense of accomplishment when it all works out.
05-27-2013 03:38 PM
SchockT
Re: the key to sailing

Yeah make sure your jumper wire is a heavy enough gauge for the current draw. It probably wouldn't br a bad idea to mark the correct wires to jump for emergency starting. The trial and error method could make the situation worse!
05-27-2013 03:35 PM
mad_machine
Re: the key to sailing

As the previous owner of many an italian car, I recommend alligator clips for bypassing dead switches
05-27-2013 12:42 PM
asdf38
Re: the key to sailing

Sounds like a great sail

It recently occurred to me that I should have aligator clips onboard for electrical debug just like this.
05-27-2013 12:29 PM
Sal Paradise
Re: the key to sailing

Congrats . Yeah, same thing for me except lost my key overboard... although I was able to access the ignition and starter wires without taking anything apart. Probably took me 15 minutes to think of it, and 15 minutes to do it.....
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