I'm new to this forum and new to ocean sailing. I recently bought a boat with a Westerbeke
40, built in 1978 with 1800 hours.
I checked the engine
before taking it out and found the coolant
level a little low and topped off with 8 oz. of water
I hired a captain/instructor to teach me docking
instructions inside the harbor.
Day 2, the captain
had me check oil
again before going out to sail. This time we found the reservoir completely out of water and kept poring until we found the water running into the bilge
. I immediately called a nearby diesel mechanic
who said there was a leak to the water heater and would just plug
off for now, so we could sail that afternoon
We went about a mile past the breakwater and the alarm
went off and steam started filling the cabin
from the motor
motored us back in just past the breakwater and shut off the engine
and then sailed back in.
I am wondering how long an engine like this can run typically before ruining the engine? (The mechanic
said the engine must have had an air bubble)
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