I may be doing a repower
not too far down the road, & was hoping to get some tips & links on the subject.
First off, skill level wise, things glass & or wood aren't much of an obstacle for me, up to & including building engine
beds, or cutting the sole out of the cockpit
to remove, or install things. Nor is creating & running a simple to mid-level wiring
harness for an engine
. But as to line boring for shafts, & custom fabricating P-brackets, etc. I know that's where I'd be hiring some help. But no worries on that, knock on wood.
What I'm wondering is, who out there has installed & or lived with a diesel
which could be started by means other than it's battery
operated starter? Anywhere from 20-60hp is enough propulsive power, & there's plenty of room on the boat for (almost) any iron jenny. I'm just not sure what to look for & where. And whether or not it's possible/reasonable to start a 50hp diesel
, even if it has a compression
Part of me toying with the idea of a hand or via other unique means, crankable engine, is that it's a nice feature when your batteries have gone flat. Plus it's good to know mentally, that you have an ace up your sleeve. I LOVED being able to do this when I had an Atomic-4 on my 1st boat, ages ago. Not that I did it a lot, but it was handy as heck.
Knock on wood, I've been sailing long enough, that I FAR prefer a vessel which sails
well. And thus, primarily, the engine is a crowded harbor maneuvering tool. And the wind
& sun primarily provide the "trons" to run my toys, lights, & radios etc.
As they say, if you're in a hurry, hop onto a plane.
Although I did read about a gent who built the family's 40' or so, boat, with a 27hp'ish SAAB, an exhaust
pyrometer, & a controllable pitch propeller
. And said setup did the trick for them. The pyrometer letting them know when & how much pitch
to dial into the prop so as to maximize power transmission
to the H2O, without overloading/overheating the engine.
Which sounds like a reasonable setup, at least to me, in my "under-educated bliss".
So... I know that some of that's kinda' vague, but it's because I'm looking for any & all of the info which I can get on the topic. Books
, links, & skinned knuckles (within reason), included. PLUS, of course, I'm on a budget
Thanks in advance.
PS: I've also heard of emergency
starters which operate on power stored in a large spring. As well as systems where as a SCUBA
bottle is plumbed into the engine's systems, & used to get things spinning up to speed, prior to hitting the ignition switch. Albeit I've ZERO experience or real knowledge of either.