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Tips for Servicing your Boat Engine – Part Two

Here are more of the great tips I got from the Larsen’s Marine Engine Maintenance workshop.

If anyone has additional tips, please feel free to share in the comments where provided below.

diesel engine

Engine – Part 2

21) gear oil should be changed every year when the engine oil is changed
22) gear oil should be 30 W
23) some gears use automatic transmission fuel
24) use only oil filters recommended by the manufacturer this is very important
25) if access to the oil filter is difficult extensions are available
26 it is very important that anyone operating a boat, knows how to bleed the fuel system.
27) try to get your fuel from the same place. Diesel fuel in this country is two colors; dark if no tax has been paid, light if tax has been paid
28) if you’re not in the United States, get a sample of fuel in a Mason jar swirl, let it sit and see what sediment ends up on the bottom. If sediment ends up on the bottom or water, don’t use it if you can avoid it especially if there’s a lot of sediment

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Tips for Servicing your Boat Engine

Hello fellow sailors!

I attended a very informative workshop/seminar at Larsen’s Marine in Waukegan, IL. The workshop was led by Jordan Clore from Mack Boring. He informed everyone that this would be his last workshop for engine maintenance in Illinois as he has been promoted and is moving to New Jersey. Best wishes to Jordan on his new job and home!

Jordon was really very good and everyone commented that they all learned something they never knew before from him. Yep the guys too. Besides all the tips Jordan gave us, he showed us how to bleed an engine on various size engines. Since Mack Boring is a Yanmar distributor, all of the engines were Yanmars, but Jordan said the same tips and principals will apply to all engines for boating.

I had never worked with any engines until I started sailing. I was really afraid that the seminar might be over my head, but Jordan really made everything understandable. He started at the beginning with the basics of how a diesel engine operates which was great for me and I even heard some of the guys in the room say they learned something new from Jordan in the basics. It is very empowering to learn things like this, not to mention essential for my ultimate goal of sailing around the world. I have tons to learn between now and when I sail away. Can’t wait to learn all of this!

Because I got so many tips, I am breaking the post into a 3-part series to be followed with a video in the 4th post on how to bleed an engine.

I hope everyone gets some good tips from this, I know I did! Thank you Larsen’d Marine and Jordan!


Engines – Part One

1) before calling for service or parts, know your engine serial number, model number and gear model number
2) review nameplates on your engine and gear for operation specifications, type of oil, oil quantity, etc.
3) bring your service and parts manual with you when servicing your engine
4) you should hear your buzzer when you turn your key over or something is wrong
5) do not turn your buzzer off-it warns you of engine trouble; it’s not only to let you know it’s on
6) the camshaft operates at half the speed of the crankshaft
7) what the injector pump does:
a) meters the fuel
b) circulates the fuel
c) develops high-pressure
d) times injection
8) what lube oil does:
a) cleans; has detergent in it to burn out carbons
b) cools
c) protects
d) lubricates

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Boom Gallows

Hello Sailors,

My good friend and sailing mentor, Pam Wall recently wrote about the benefits of having a boom gallows on board. For those of you that don’t know what a boom gallows is, it’s an arch structure usually located over your cockpit, although your boat may dictate another location, that has cut outs across the top of the arch to accommodate your boom.

Boom Gallows

Pam explained that the main reason to have a boom gallows is to secure the boom in less than calm seas. The gallows is a resting place for the boom that keeps it from flailing about.

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