If you are concerned about the engine
and can get no help from the owner I would pay a mechanic
to check it out. Might want to have an oil
sample analyzed and do a compression
Do you know the make and model of the diesel
? Any experience with diesels?
Before going further you can do a little check up on your own. If the owner allows, go to the boat and make sure the engine is totally cold, has not been run for at least a day. Crank it up and look closely at the exhaust
at the stern. Also, note how quickly and easily it cranks. Does fire right up and run smoothly or do you have to turn it over numerous times.
Look at the exhaust
for any smoke. If you see it how much and what color, white gray or black. Look closely at the water
where the exhaust hits for the little rainbows on the surface that would indicate oil
or unburned diesel
. If you can drive the boat or at least put it in gear
at the dock
(make really, really sure that the dock
lines are tight and do not have enough slack to let the boat touch the pier or pilings) wait until the engine is warm and rev up the engine in forward and reverse. Again look for smoke and make sure the engine revs up to full RPM
. While the engine is fully warmed up check the oil pressure as well.
Another consideration, if the Hunter has the original rigging
it is reaching the age where riggers and insurance
companies recommend replacement. If you pay a rigger to do it should be around $4-5000.00. The Bavaria
should have a few years of life left in it assuming care and maintenance