Originally Posted by Efam6
How would one go about in replacing an engine
that is located under the bunk in a leopard 45
? Is there an access panel to hoist them out or do you take them out piece by piece, thanks.
I thought the Leopard
45 engine access was via an aft hatch
like the whole second step of the boarding platform lifts up? If that's the case just hook up a halyard
Anyway, I recently helped a friend with removing an engine from under the bunk of his FP Athena. There was a small ventilation hatch
in the deck
directly above the engine. We rigged a hoist through this hatch to lift
We removed the engine accessories, alternator
, heat exchanger
, starter, etc. and unbolted the engine from the drive leg and mounts.
We lifted the engine to just above the bunk bulkhead level then set it down on a stout plank about 6 feet long that rested on the aft bunk's forward bulkhead and on a horse in the hallway leading up to the main salon
. From there we disconnected the hoist and slid the engine along the plank to another such plank about 90 degrees from the first that allowed us to slide the engine up the stairs to the main salon
. We used the same technique to slide the engine into the cockpit
and from there up to the deck
level. It was kind of a Rube Goldberg of planks but it works fine.
Once it was on deck, we rigged a halyard
to lift the engine with a mast
such that we could avoid the heavy lifting and move the engine along the deck and then to the dock
where we could get a hand truck under it.
The process worked well in both directions. Reinstalling the engine was the reverse. The halyard idea was key as the engine, while not especially heavy, was awkward for two guys to lift and move without dropping it overboard
The main problem was that my friend, when disconnecting the engine from the drive leg failed to note how many shims went on which of the eight mounting bolts. thus when we reassembled the engine, we got the spacers wrong and the starter wouldn't turn the engine due to binding on the drive shaft. Damn boats ... live and learn.