Ok, I am 55 years old and have worked on my own cars and boats for about 40 years. Never, and I mean never, has this happened to me before.
The weekend before last, we were headed out to do some scalloping. I was on the foredeck while the wife was "captaining". I made my way back to the cockpit
. Upon arrival, my wife asked, "What is that strange noise
I glanced at the engine
panel and saw the oil
light lit up. Not one to panick I calmly screeched, "Kill the engine!"
I went forward and dropped the hook. Going below, I checked the engine
. All the oil
was in the bilge
. Now, here is the thing, this is a new Yanmar
. 103 hours on the meter. Professionally serviced at 50 hours.
I radioed our sailing partners in their boat and they returned. Not wanting to spoil the day for my son who was visiting from Texas
, I dingyed him and my wife to the other boat. I stayed behind to await TowboatUS.
Some four hours later, they arrived and towed me back to port. Later that evening, after the family
and friends had returned, my friend and his father got to brainstorming. Me? I was cursing every Yanmar
dealer in the world. Matt got to looking under the engine and said, "It looks like the oil filter
sprung a leak." We took it off and sure enough, where the crimp is at the base was a hole. He said there was a 45 degree fan of oil from that spot on the motor
. Genuine Yanmar part, by the way.
The next day, after buying
two galloons of oil (I had a spare filter). We replaced the oil and she started right up, none the worse for wear.
This filter was only 50 hours old, about eight months. Aside from the fact that it had "Made in the USA" stamped all over it, why did this happen? Has anyone else had a similar failure?
Now I carry a spare gallon of oil as well as a spare filter. Lesson learned