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Old 30-12-2016, 10:36   #1
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Hatteras 53 generator removal help

Trying to remove a generator from a 53 hat.
It's a big old diesel. I need to separate the motor from the alternator, to get it out, but cannot figure the steps to get it out.

Any advice. ?

Next step is the manufacturer...if they are still around.

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Old 30-12-2016, 11:59   #2
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Re: Hatteras 53 generator removal help

There are lots of big ole diesel gensets around, and it would help to know which model you have.

If you need help separating the motor from the generator, you probably need to hire a mechanic. If you want to DIY, figure out which genset it is and get a manual for it.

If you need help horsing the big ole diesel out of the boat, the mechanic usually has A-frames, pieces of plywood, and comealongs. Each boat is different, even the same boat models can have different gensets installed in different places.
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Old 30-12-2016, 12:21   #3
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Re: Hatteras 53 generator removal help

Haha,
Yea, i guess saying a "big old diesel" doesn't help much. Might just go the diesel mechanic route to remove.

It's in long haul so that will help.
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Old 30-12-2016, 16:59   #4
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Re: Hatteras 53 generator removal help

If it is an Oman, try Smokstack.com. It is a forum for DIY Onan repairs. BTW, if it is an onan, to remove the rotor you need to whack it on the side with a hand sledgehammer using a block of hardwood to cushion the blow.
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Re: Hatteras 53 generator removal help

There's a Hatteras Owners Club online. Said to be a great resource.

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Re: Hatteras 53 generator removal help

Contact Tom Slane in New Bern as he is the expert on old Hatts!
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Re: Hatteras 53 generator removal help

Cummins handles Onan now. I thought I'd have trouble getting parts for my 30 year old generator but one phone call and the part was on its way. The new part was made better (not that getting 30 years out of an old part is bad) and cheap. I had the original manual so I knew the part number. Good luck!
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Re: Hatteras 53 generator removal help

Humm - I am typically good at taking things apart. Just don't ask me to put it together.

I would recommend getting a mechanically inclined friend to help or hire a professional.

I am lucky, I have a friend that has a nack to fix anything he touches.
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Re: Hatteras 53 generator removal help

Find out what make the engine/ gen set it is, get a manuel and tear it down...ie... remove the generator off the back end, exhaust/ intake manifolds alternator...and any other accessories. get it down to the block and head. Using blocks and boards, slide it to the deck under the hatch in the galley floor. make a lifting gantry out of 4x4's and lift it to the galley floor and set it on a small piece of plywood. slide it to the steps at the companion way and make another lifting frame at the top of that. set it on a dolly in the main saloon/pilot house and wheel it to the aft deck. if you have a davit for a tender use that to lift it to the dock. you'll need one to two other people to assist. Take it slow. you'll be lifting at a slight angle from the galley to the saloon and off the back deck, you'll need someone to hold it away from the steps as it is lifted. once it is broken down to just the engine it will be small enough to fit through all the passage ways, not to mention much lighter.

It doesn't matter what make and model it is, for tear down and removal, unless you are going to rebuild it. in that case you'll need to have manuels for the specific make and model. but for removal and installation, you'll need to break it down to it's basic components, to be able to fit through the passages. whether you are replacing with a different genset or not. I've replace a koler in one hatt and installed a westerbeke in another hatt. They all fit once torn down, without cutting or damageing any of the boat. Actually did the kolar one by myself....I was a might younger then. that was alot of climbing up and down to relieve stay lines. You don't have to be a top machanic, but being mechanically inclined, would be a must. other wise get someone who is. or if you hire it out GET REFERENCES, from trusted sources.

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