How often I check my oil
depends on what I'm doing with Exit Only.
If we are are on a windless passage
motoring 12 hours on the starboard engine
, and then 12 hours on the port engine, alternating every twelve hours, I check the oil before starting up the engine that will be going into service
. I usually time my oil checks so they can be done during daylight hours.
If I am cruising some place like the Bahamas
where I will use the engines a small amount every couple of days, I check it less often. But I make sure that the low oil pressure alarm
Most oil leaks
are slow and don't pose a threat to the engine. When I sailed to Fiji
from New Zealand
, I met a Kiwi diesel mechanic
who had such a large oil leak
from his engine that he put a turkey
roasting pan under the engine block to catch the dripping oil, and periodically he removed the pan and poured the oil back into his engine, and then he put the pan back under the engine for the next recycling of the oil. It worked for him, but I must admit I wondered why a diesel mechanic
would allow his engine to leak so much oil.
On our Land Rover Defenders, the oil seals
leak a lot. We had a saying about oil leaks
. When the oil stops leaking, it means you have run out of oil.