I thought this would be a fun post and brain teaser. So here is the scenario...
I bought this boat recently for a very attractive price
. It originally came from an Estate sale
2 years ago and was purchased by an individual who lived too far away and decided to sell it...hence my involvement.
Reportedly, the engine
was seized. It's a Westerbeke
W46 which is Mitsubishi based if I'm not mistaken. The bottom zincs had been long gone and there was damage to the thru-hulls. In another post under maintenance
, I show the pictures. It is dry docked now and the last few weeks I have been tinkering around with some of the issues of the boat. One was no steering
. It was hydraulic and out of fluid. I filled it and voila...steering. I looked for leaks
and never found any...strange! Later while buying parts
at a local chandlery
, I happened upon a gentleman who knew the boat and the owner who had passed away. He told me that there was a bit of a feud between the diseaseds' friends who wanted the boat. Apparently they all parted with ill feelings. Also I learned they were trying to buy the boat from the executor for really cheap
. This got me thinking...
There was no hydraulic oil
in the bilge
and no leaks
...hmmm. Sure would be easy to buy a boat for cheap
if the steering
didn't work or a "seized engine"! So I charged a battery
, replaced electrical cables
and tried to turn the engine
over. Sure enough....clunk...won't budge. So I got a socket for the crank nut and lo and behold it would rotate almost 180 degrees backwards where it clunked again and back forward with a clunk once more. I pulled the valve cover and the valve train looks good and moves as much as it should in 180 degrees. The engine is spotless as it should be with 450 hours on it. I feel there is a chance it could have been tampered with to look like a seized engine but who knows...maybe something internally let go.
It is a center cockpit
boat and the sole hinges up, making engine removal
a breeze. However, working on the sides or pan would take Houdini to dismantle anything. So I will pull the engine and take it to my Machine shop at home (lucky dog uh?). First I will remove the transmission
to see if the flywheel is doing anything, then anything which drives off the engine.
So here we are looking for your speculations. Letís have fun with this one...