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Hello,

We are relatively new to sailing and absolutely new to cruising besides weekend day cruises with J22 at the Boston harbor.

We recently purchased an ODay 28 with an Atomic 2 engine as our first and entry sailboat. Part of the "package" is a multi day cruise from upstate New York (Hudson) to Quincy Massachusetts.

We prepared in advanced for the actual trip, assuming not to sail more than 3-4 hours a day, harbor the boat in a. Marina every night, just take it slow and learn as much as we can by doing.

Now, the third day at the pickup location, we are facing engine problems. The previous owner put a temperature gage into the oil pressure plug on the engine block with is now leaking. For 2 days, semi professional people trying to fix the problems including a dysfunctional temp gage. There has been some oil at the engine bilge and on the block.

While the boat was advertised as recently refurbished engine, we are now questioning the conditions. We were prepared to face logistical and wheatear related issues but are now at the point where we rethink the entire ordeal.

The biggest question for us is rather or not the engine will hold. It's a 2 stroke diesel and we expect to motorized a lot since we are going to New York format least 2'days while only moving 5 knots. As the skipper, I'm technically inclined but have a tuff time judging cover rather or not the engine will hold. The overall condition of the boat considering the age is good but it has been an land for 6 years and only back in the water for 1 year.

Any advice is really much appreciated. We are Germans and you can be very upfront.

Thank you,
Joerg
 

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Denise,

Thank you. The Oday is a 1983. And thanks for the schematic. I did download the same last night when trying to understand the pressure gage function and rarer it had an electronic purpose. I guess not...:)

Our concern is more about the longevity of the atomic 2 cylinder under load. We will be cruising under motor a lot and not sure if overheating or any other temp/pressure stress related incidents could happen.

Thank you,
Joerg
 

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As an update of a day full of adventure here is where we stand:

1) Oil pressure senor or plug was changed using a GM version / brand. There is only a lamp indicating the electrical connection on the control panel but hard to tell if it has been working.

2) Plug for temperature gage was changed but we don't have a reading on the gage.

We decided to take the boat and continue down the Hudson to Liberty Landing Marina closing watching the engine and use as much sail and current power we can get. We purchase two new battery today and will install them tomorrow. For the amount of 3-4 knots motoring, we are hoping to install a bimini as well.

Thanks for all your advice. We really like the Oday style and feel we have a good starter boat. We have also started (partial in German) a block if someone is interested.

Sunny regards,

Joerg
 
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