Originally Posted by DSDman
Congrats and welcome to the I got a new, old boat club. Let the repairs begin and the money
I conned a very experienced sailor friend to help me bring it up from Ventura to Santa Barbara on Thursday. That's a straight upwind trip, and we planned to motor
it more like a delivery
than a sail. Planned, that is.
During the sea trial, we noted that the engine
overheated when driven at full throttle, but maintained cruising RPM
just fine. Since we bought "as-is" I knew at some point I would have to deal with the overheating
issue after I moved the boat up to SB.
What we found is that we were in fact able to cruise
at decent RPM
for about 45 minutes, until the engine
. After reducing back down to idle, I found that the max I could sustain and not overheat was 1000 RPM, which with the wind
and waves was about 1.8 knots. Having left 3 hours late, we were not prepared for an 11 hour trip...
So, being a sailboat, we put up the sails
and had an amazing sail at around 6.5 knots in between 12 and 15 knots of wind
(according to the instrument, which seemed a bit generous). We balanced her out and let the tiller pilot drive for a bit. Unfortunately the wind died about 3 miles out, so it was back on the slow boat for the last part.
After further thought, I have a theory. I think the problem is in the heat exchanger
, which I will be removing (along with a new impeller in the raw water
pump) next week when I finally get a day off of work that isn't spoken for. The boat has engine driven hot water
, and I think this was acting as a functional heat exchanger
until the water
was hot, then the engine started over heating
. Since we didn't run for more than half an hour on the test sail or survey, and we didn't run the revs up till the end of the survey anyway, I missed it. The surveyor
suggested an engine survey, but since I budgeted a repower
into my three year plan I didn't get one. I think I'll go ahead with the oil
analysis as soon as I change it (after the impeller and heat exchanger fixes).
In other news I found a treasure trove of gear
in the aft lazarette, including a para-anchor and gale rider drogue
, along with bags of warps, all brand new. That was the top layer. I haven't even started trying to ID what's underneath it.
Also, BoatUS decided to cancel my insurance
based on the survey write-up. The surveyor
noted, and we spoke at length, about a repair to a chainplate mount. He put it in the "recommended" and not "required" categories and told me I could fix it when I pulled the mast
this winter. Not good enough for BoatUS. They declared that I was only insured while in the slip, and not covered in any way while under way, motor
or sail. They wanted another survey or a yard bill from the repair. And they refused to answer my simple question: "how can I get to the yard to have the repair made if I'm only insured while in the slip?" They're not interested in any sort of customer service
, unless it's the customer servicing accounts receivable. Called another company and had insurance
in an hour.
Other than that, the admiral is down cleaning
up the inside while I'm stuck here at work for three days. Given what we've discovered lurking in the easily accessible places, I can't wait to see what treasures await us in the darker recesses... Here's a pic of what the surveyor found after digging out all the pots and pans in his quest to access the chainplates... He even added it to the list of "navigation equipment"...