Cool. I don't know why the 14th hull
is number 114, but there you have it.
It was a very productive day. I'm pretty sure I got the overheating
issues squared away. I did find a new low with WM employees. The bigger store I visit has two guys who are absolutely top notch, and I've never been there when at least one of them wasn't there. They were both gone today, and the three guys there had no idea what Westerbeke
was. Like I was speaking Mandarin or something. Ended up using my phone
the part number I wanted...
I snagged a new impeller and a spare. What a PITA it was to replace. Found out I have a "speed seal" cover, which is good. Found out that six years of no impeller change froze the thing on to the shaft, which was bad.
I thought I must be doing something wrong, so I got out the spare water
pump and worked on my impeller extraction technique before trying again in the engine
room. Turns out I just needed to sacrifice two knuckles and the side of my face to the "sharp things on the aft bulkhead" gods. After sufficient bloodletting I was able to get the old impeller out. Only took the skin off one additional knuckle to get the new one in.
A quick flush of the heat exchanger
and a ream of the hose and we were good to go. Ran the engine
pretty hard and it stayed at 185F.
Now just the batteries, head
, and windlass
brake and I think I'll be set to head
out for a few days at the islands. Can't wait!