Some updates on the winters festivities!
Firstly, the plant I am working at is closing after 115 years of operation so I will either be relocating or jobless soon. I was prepared for this and one thought is to take this little demon out cruising for a few years. I will likely do the responsible thing and relocate instead as long as the package is good but the cruising trip does tempt me so.
Anyhow what been going on over the winter?
This thing... This thing... This is my Yanmar YSE8 diesel engine. Firstly let me point out that it runs flawlessly. It consumes nearly no fuel starts instantly and has never given me a lick of trouble. However... The previous owner had ran it for some time with a hole in the exhaust elbow which resulted in the entire engine bay being quite sooty and icky.
Not kidding, it's icky. No oil leaks at all but the soot situation was quite out of hand.
Engine came out without too much of a fight and after several days cleaning and scrubbing as well as cleaning up some of the fiberglass work down there it's got new paint and is ready for the return of the engine.
Engine got a new injector, new cylinder and rings and everything else checked out. This is it right now, going to rework the bearings and impeller in the raw water pump and add the wiring harness later today but it's basically ready to go back in sitting on new mounts. I also used the opportunity to make myself up a set of Yanmar special tools on my lathe since however the winds may blow me in the future I will likely not be taking my trusty old SouthBend with me.
Shaft is out, nows a good time to redo the Cutless bearing.
Since the engine bay work was guaranteed to make a mess, all the cushions came out for the winter. While everything was out I attacked the interior with the 3 inch Groits polisher and then waxed everything up. Should be much easier to keep clean now.
I probably over think things... I had a Weems and Plath clock that just did not keep perfect time. It did ok, but it tended to lose time over too short of a period for me to trust it with nav work in the event I ever get goofy and try to use my sextant again. I saw these clocks in an ambulance last summer (don't ask) and thought that might be a neat clock to switch to. The new clock keeps perfect time.
Conveniently, it came apart well enough for me to add tritium beta lights to the hands and clock face as well so it's night readable.
My boat came from the factory with a *****in 8-track player that allowed the original owner to listen to his BeeGees tapes while sailing. Over the years it was upgraded several times and by the time I got it, it was all set up to listen to Pearl Jam CDs pumped to the max via a Clarion amp and EQ. Naturally, the multi generational nonsense meant it was a birds nest of wires and I had all manner of do dads, knobs and levers right where I would much rather have a cubby to keep me nav stuff in. Out came the stereo bits, I relocated a Fusion stereo tucked way back in the footwell of one of the aft quarter berths and just ran a little remote up here. This means I can access all the music I care to from both the tiny wired remote, the MFD in the cockpit or the Tablet.
And the remote is even an NMEA repeater so I can get info right there at me quasi nav station.