Re: Yanmar "Starting to use oil"
Took my 1987 Watkins 29 out for a cruise last week... checked the oil and it was just at the full mark. The ocean was too rough to take the family and kids out for a sail so we cruised down the ICW looking at the yachts and mansions.. we were gone for about 5 hours... when I got back to the dock and shut down the engine, the normal low oil pressure alarm didnt come on right away... it finally started screeching around 20 seconds after the engine shut down. I didnt think much of it. Next day I came back to the boat and checked the oil and it was down about 3/4 of an inch from the full line on the dipstick.
Started the engine backup and took off the filler cap from the valve cover and there was considerable amount of air blowing out.. closed it up and pulled the dipstick while the engine was still running... being careful not to get a finger in the belts. There was definitely some air pressure in the oil sump as well as a bit of oil was blown out of the dipstick hole.
Not sure now if Ive got a valve problem or a ring problem. The engine starts immediately when cold. But I live in South Florida so cold here is a relative thing. Not sure where to start to fix the problem.
As I cast off for that very first time,
The "rope" in my hand has now become "line".
And hauling the sails to the top of the mast,
That "rope", now a "halyard" holds strong, taught and fast.
Then sailing in brisk winds full force on a beat.
The sails are trimmed in by that "rope" that's a "sheet".
And now at my anchorage with sails safely stowed,
I trust in that "rope" that now serves as a "rode".
Through all my life I will never lose hope,
Of a reason or time to play with a rope.