Oil in bilge
...LOTS of oil
. . .?
I have checked the oil
on many machines in my life...
cycles, excavators, cars, trucks,
However on this yacht I struggle:
Yacht has a Lister STW3.
Seems easy enough at anchor
Take out the dip stick, wipe off, poke back in, pull out
And read the amount of oil on the stick.
However, on the first trip out in the ocean, no wind
but some swell, motoring for 30 hours...
When checking the oil, very uncertain results;
Pull out and NONE on the stick, push in, pull out and reading "low"
Repeat and Pull out and FULL on the stick, push in, pull out and reading "low"
Repeat... Different results.
The stick is a little odd... It is two pieces, the actual measuring stick and a tube that seems to be non-original...meant to join the stick to the opening in the side of the motor
. ( see pictures)
Doesn't seem to be burning oil, at least not enough to be 'black smokey'.
On the basis, better to be safer than sorrier, I would put oil in.
Meant I added 1 gallon ( 4 litres ) in 30 hours.
Then noticed LOTSOFTHICK BLACK OIL in the bilge.
Although there is a deep well beneath the engine
, the swell would slop it up , out , over and down to the cabin
where the sole in shallow and wide.
1.What is the correct method for checkin oil in a seaway?
2. Could "too much oil added" simply be 'ejected' somehow.?
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