I will give more details later but I thought I would share a brief update on this... I will confine this post to RPMs and maybe some teasers.
Cruised most of the way at around 2,500 RPMs.
There appears to be "something wonky" with some of my controls. Uh, so, I have a key that can be in two positions, a start button, a kill knob, a blower knob, and another knob that I thought was a choke but the P.O. thought was a second blower (and told me diesels don't use chokes). I don't think it is another blower but for some reason when I pull it the tach READS about 1,100 RPMS lower than when it is in. The motor
stays the same.
Sadly, when I left I had this pulled out... so I think I ran the motor
a lot harder than I meant to for the first couple hours.
Actually, correction, I ran the motor about right for about an hour- tach READING 1,500 or so... Once I was comfy I decided to put the throttle up and see how things went. I ran it up to a little over 2k, which was probably a bit over 3k. I did this for a while and then thought, well, I am going FAST but lets see what 3k feels like... And discovered I had no more throttle to give it.
This freaked me out so I eased off and ran at what the motor seemed to sound best at. Which, once more, READ about 1,500. Later I realized the tach issue and spent the rest of the day between 2,300 and 2,600.
She ran great, I think I used about a gallon an hour or so of fuel
. Although the fuel
gauge read 100% full- including after I ran out of gas. It was 4:30 when this happened and adding diesel
(as you guys know I am sure) didn't get it running. I called information with my cell and there were no listing for "yanmar" anything. I called West Marine
in Alameda and asked if they could refer me to a Yanmar service
place. They did and I managed to get ahold of a manager at a shop right before he left. He gave me his personal cell number and helped me out while I got everything running.
I am going to make some VERY [expletive deleted]
about this guy and his shop. But I want to have slept first. But this guy put in about 1.5 hours of his personal time and cell minutes to help me. For no reason other than he was awesome. So, like, forgive me when I commercialize him a bit in the hopes that good karma comes back to him.
Oh, the fastest speed I saw was close to 8 knots but I didn't have the meter running when I was blasting along at full throttle. Depending on where I was with the tides I got as low as 3.8 and as high as 7.2.
Anyway, tons more mail to process... I made such good time I did it all today but because of the running out of fuel problem missed my window to get into the new marina and ran aground... Anyway, babbling now. Sorry.