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Re: Tow question in Newport, RI

Injection pumps are fairly easy to remove. They can't be worked on at a typical service marina anyway because they need to be repaired in highly specialized places with clean rooms and proper equipment. So all the mechanic is going to do is remove the pump and send it off for repair.

This could be done at any marina you are staying at. Even on a mooring. Any half-competent mechanic could remove it, and you could even do it yourself. I'd get a good mechanic to put it back on, because they need to have the timing shimmed correctly.

I'd bet a donut that they will send it to Boston Fuel Injection, which is just up the road in Pawtucket. If you have a car, you could take it there.

If you had removed it in the BVI's and brought it with you, or shipped it up, it would have been ready to go back in when the boat got here.

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Re: Tow question in Newport, RI

I’ve seen the float on—float off ship moored between the Newport Bridge and Gould Island. There are a number of options available at Newport itself or nearby in Portsmouth. Oldport Marine, for example, is a Yanmar dealer and is about 2.5 nm from the ship, whereas the facilities at Melville/Portsmouth are about 5 nm away.
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Re: Tow question in Newport, RI

Zanchin, if you want to post or PM where you're planning to take her, some of us might be able to give you some local color. Many of us have used several of the yards around the Bay or know of their reputation. I'm scratching my head, trying to think of one that couldn't take your draft, which I assume is approx 7ft? Point Judith has some shallows, but that's a very long tow, including open water.

Unfortunately, I know of no bargains in RI. Although, if the injector pump is all you need, you should be able to find someone competent enough.

I hope to be able to see that gold hull cruising down the Bay soon. You may recall that we sailed past each other at Thatch Cut off Tortola several years ago. Actually, you sailed past us. We were bareboating a small Bavaria at the time.


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Re: Tow question in Newport, RI

Thanks for all the suggestions, here are a few comments on the posts:

- The fuel injector on this engine is not easy to remove, otherwise I or the technicians that have worked on the engine would have done it. Removal and replacement requires specialized tools and jigs from VW which are not available locally and, if I bought them on the web, would be over $1500 for a one-time use. Hence my wish to use a mercruiser shop which has those tools.
- I draw over 8 1/2 feet, which restricts me from some marinas including Mill Creek, which is where the shop is.
- I am looking into using Newport Shipyard which would make the tow from the cargo ship a short one. I'm waiting to hear from the marina if they can do the tow themselves with their equipment.

I'm glad nobody suggested I sail my sailboat That might be difficult considering I have no mast at present...
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Re: Tow question in Newport, RI

The Shipyard is top of the line in service, quality and price. You're in good hands. They aren't all that far from the drop off and I'm sure they can help. They will probably just assume the checkbook is open, but since they are getting the service job, they may be better than a commercial service.
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The Shipyard is top of the line in service, quality and price. You're in good hands. They aren't all that far from the drop off and I'm sure they can help. They will probably just assume the checkbook is open, but since they are getting the service job, they may be better than a commercial service.
The OP might consider the Newport location has benefits that can ease the price of admission to a premium yard. He’d be in walking distance to Newport’s amenities and might as well enjoy that, as well as transportation options (besides car rental) to/from the Providence airport. It certainly beats hanging out at one of the yards in Portsmouth, where he could also be paying Hinckley prices.
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Re: Tow question in Newport, RI

Newport Shipyard is a first class operation and can literally "handle" anything that floats.

If you don't know Newport, then do discover it... one of the great towns in America for many reasons. RIPTA has great bus service and there are all sorts of rentals available. If you are staying there... rooms are spendy... but why not stay on the boat? There is a great cafe at the Shipyard!

Don't know where your boat is but do get it to the shipyard and you'll be fine.
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- I draw over 8 1/2 feet
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If you have Newport Shipyard do the work... including stepping and tunning the rig... perhaps they can tow the boat to their facility???

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Re: Tow question in Newport, RI

I just looked at the prices for that marina and at over $500 per night I think I will be looking elsewhere after all. I will most likely go to the New England Boatyard.


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