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Old 08-10-2009, 16:58   #1
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Essential Spare Parts for My Volvo D-30s - Circumnavigating


My wife and I are in the final stages of preparing our 44' F-P catamaran for a 2-3 year circumnavigation. As we complete our stocking of parts and tools, my wonderful Volvo dealer/repairman printed up a list of items he'd want to have as spares. Keep in mind I have 2 D-30s, so cannibalization to a point is possible.

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1 Starter 3803584
2 Core
3 #1 Injector Line 3812132
4 Injector Line, #2 3812133
5 Injector Line, #3 3812134
6 Return 3812452
7 Return Washer 3580631
8 Injector Washer 3580077
9 Filter Housing 3584125
10 Washer - Filter Housing 969011
11 Injector 3803927
12 Cove
13 Crank Filter 3580320
14 Air Filter 3809924
15 Exhaust Elbow 861906
16 Exhaust Elbow Gasket 861907
17 HE O-Rings (4) 3842016
18 Thermo O-Rings (Kit) 3887340
19 Circ. Pump 3803972
20 Circ. Pump Gasket 3884539
21 Circ. Pump Gasket 3884540
22 RW Pump 3593655
23 O-Ring 3590380
24 OR Repair Kit 876700
25 Impeller Kit 3593659
26 CDI Box 2126871
27 WS Manual 7745200


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Old 08-10-2009, 18:24   #2
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What spares is always a tough call. Since your boat is weight sensitive and you are already carrying around a complete working spare engine, I'm not sure I'd take much in the way of engine spares. The likelyhood of needing the part is inversely proportional to you having it on board. I assume your boat will run fine on a single engine for an extended period. Enough to wait out your arrival in a major port where parts can be ordered.

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Old 08-10-2009, 19:12   #3
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Many here would say the most important spare to have is a Yanmar.

Other than that, your list looks too inclusive to me. The Orana is a newer boat and some of those parts have a long life (do injector lines go bad often?). Starters can be rebuilt almost anywhere in the world. I assume the "core" listed is the heat exchanger core? I wouldn't think that a necessary spare on a newish engine. They can be cleaned almost everywhere, including in a bucket in your cockpit. Is the filter housing the manifold mount for the fuel filter? If so, I don't think I have ever seen one of these go bad. Definitely take spare fuel, oil and air filters and water pump">raw water pump impellers. An exhaust elbow and gasket is good, as is a spare injector and crush washers for all injectors. A spare raw water pump is nice, but you have a spare engine so can afford the down time to rebuild a bad pump, so maybe just take bearing and seal kits for the pumps. I would say a fresh water pump spare is unnecessary, but then I believe Volvo has had some problems with these pumps on the D1-30 engines. If they haven't solved this problem yet, maybe a spare is a good thing. Is the CDI box the electronic control box? This shouldn't be a maintenance problem and if it is, I would go with the spare Yanmar.


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What would I know, but I don't think you need any of all that expensive stuff!

1 spare Fan belt (thats one, not one per engine)
Spare filters, impellers, hose clamps (lots) and NOTHING else.

Thats all we have

If something big happens then you get it at the next port or have it flown in. DHL and FedEx really are world wide.

Remember, you have a spare engine. Also the sails.

Really folks don't have too many problems with reasonably new engines. And if they do it won't be something you have conveniently got a spare for

To the mechanics here: am I too far wrong?

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Originally Posted by jglauds View Post

As we complete our stocking of parts and tools, my wonderful Volvo dealer/repairman printed up a list of items he'd want to have as spares.
I would suggest that list is a bit of overkill. It is quite possible these days to get parts airshipped almost anywhere.

The parts I have actually used in the past 10 years:

Lots of filters and belts.
A few water pump impellers and one spare O ring for the impellor cover
A spare injector
Some spare injector fuel line hose

I did have to change my exhaust elbow (and that's not too uncommon) but I was able to fix it up with some epoxy until we got to NZ and then got a new one easily and quickly from the local Yanmar guys.
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