Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
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boats with easy engine, seacock, sea strainer, etc access
My 1986 Newport 28 provides excellent access to the engine. The steps from the companionway to the cabin come out and that gives you access to the front of the engine. There is also a hatch that opens giving you access to the top of the engine. There are access panels in the 1/4 berth to get at the port side, and if you are really motivated, you can climb down into the starboard lazarette and gain access to everything.
For changing the oil, oil filter, alternator, belts, cooling sys, water pump and fuel pump, removing the steps (1 hand screw and a sliding bolt) is enough.
Now, seacocks on that boat are another story. The one for the galley sink is a nightmare to reach. I bought the boat in June, and I opened it once since then. I leave bowls in the sink to catch the water, then I throw it overboard. I guess monthly I should excersize the seacock. The engine water intake is at the bottom of the starboard lazarette. I pretty much have to stand on my head to reach it. With practice it''s not too bad, but I wish it were easier.
The bilge access is good, raise a piece of flooring, and there it is. Not much to see, the keel bolts are encapsulated.