I got my shop manual for the MD2B the other day. What a great feeling that was and I couldn't wait to get to the boat and pull the motor apart.
So I get to the boat the other day and dropped a ratchet overboard
(so much for engine work today) so I just used the scraper and cleaned the bottom a little.
Yesterday I was working on the engine trying to pull the side plate so I could unbolt the connecting rods so I can pull the pistons still stuck in the engine sleeves.
I took the starter generator
off the engine to have it rebuilt if I can then the leak started. I have the galley
sink drain running along the starboard side of the engine compartment to a thru-Hull that goes out the bottom of the stern. I looked, and the neck of the thru-hull valve cracked and was leaking. I looked even closer then it really started leaking. So here I am trying to stop this leak and the thru-hull valve is stuck open so I have to tap the valve just to get it to start to turn. Luckily it did close and come to a slight trickle or drip.
But in the meantime the bilge pump
was on and draining the bilge
which I thought it was supposed to do.
Well my neighbor on the hook one boat over thought I had dropped sewage from my tank in the harbor. So he stops a tow boat and calls the Coast Guard.
I hear the commotion go up top and he ranting and raving how I dropped sewage and that he cannot believe I would do that and I'm telling him I don't even have a working head
or a tank. I look and there is a brown patch that is floating towards the harbor from my bilge
Anyway! The coast guard shows up and I show them the valve the crack explain what happened and they were actually pretty good about it. Still I got boarded and wrote up because there was a complaint and they have a job to do. And I told them I didn't know what was in the bilge I had a decision to make and I chose save the boat over turn off the bilge.
They tell me that more then likely nothing will happen. The paperwork goes to Miami
and reviewed but they will probably just put it in a file and there will be no fine but you never know.
Long story short I am going to have a outboard
installed on the boat and move it to the hard. I cannot even trust the thru-hulls on this boat. I am going to try to get rid of one or two of them and replace all the others. I was trying to put this off but now it's a safety
issue and I will let the motor be for now and pull it completely out when on the hard
Once I get the motor rebuilt I can take the outboard
off and close the holes. Paint
it over and you will not even see that it had an outboard attached. Or I could leave the mounting bracket just in case.
What a Day !