Ditto on Chuck O'Malley. Great guy, fair prices, great workmanship.
I've been gradually working through my punch list in anticipation of splashing this week. My yard is being typically noncommittal about when they'll do it, but I'm blocking in a guy who is demanding to go in Friday morning, so I know they'll have to do me before that. This is a DIY yard where the owner must be present for all operations, so I'll need to keep my schedule open. Thunderstorms every evening may keep me tied up near home until next week.
I've finished a number of things like oil/filter change (couldn't get to it due to early freeze last winter), coolant flush/replacement (changed to Zerex G05), new impeller (although the 2-year old impeller looked pretty good - still soft and flexible, unlike my previous impeller removed in 2018, which was stiff and cracking), pumped out all my fuel and filtered it back in, purged pink antifreeze from all my water tanks, etc.
I replaced my alternator belt for the first time after pulling the old belt tighter and tighter each year as it wore down. (Couldn't help but think of
as I did this.) I did move the alternator back a little in anticipation that the new belt would be tighter. Once the new belt was on, it measured about 75 lb on my Krikit tension gauge. What is typical on most small diesels? (My Universal Westerbeke manual does not give a tension spec, just a lame "push it with you finger and it should move 1/2".) I know it needs to be tight enough to not vibrate or slip, but not so tight that it puts too much side load on the water pump and alternator, but what tension is usually the "sweet spot"?