We just brought our new ('83) Shannon 28 home to Solomons from Annapolis
last Saturday. It's a very sweet and salty boat with a 2004 Yanmar
Since then, I've been poking around in the engine
'room' getting to know where everything is. I had a Yanmar 2GM20
in my 1980 Southern Cross 31, so I am already familiar with doing maintenance
on the engine.
But, after seeing the difference in size of the engine compartment, coupled with the configuration of this 2GM20
, I can see that servicing the engine is going to take some pretty unbelievable contortions. The space is extremely cramped.
To name just a few of the challenges that I have noted so far... (1) water
pump impeller in not easily accessible and may require removing the pulley to get to the back side. Otherwise, I don't see how I'm going to get a screwdriver in there to remove the cover, much less get the impeller out ; (2) lube oil
dipstick port is not visible and can be reached only by feel. Took me 20 minutes with a mirror first time I checked the oil
; (3) no space on top of the oil supply port... may have to pour oil in sideways from a tube arrangement. And those are just what I've noticed so far.
Maybe I've been spoiled with engine access on other previous boats... Westerbeke
in Tartan 3500 and Volvo
36.7. But it sure looks like this one's going to be an enormous pain in the butt/challenge.
Anyone else out there with a Shannon 28 who can assure me that it's not that bad?