Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 03-02-2011, 10:46   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 32
What Engine Parts Should I Bring?

Hi All,

I have a question regarding engine and spare parts to bring on an extremely remote and cold voyage where access to mechanics and spare parts will be next to impossible. Also what are peoples thoughts regarding engine driven bildge pumps in case of emergency?

What are important spare parts to bring water pump, impellers, belts, oil filters fuel pump ????

Please check out our rare and remote voyage we would like your feed back at


Thanks !!!

Exiles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2011, 11:44   #2
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2005
Boat: Outbound 44
Posts: 5,298
You might want to mention the engine make/model.
Fresh and salt water pumps and/or rebuild kits.
Spare injector
head gasket
starter motor
gaskets/seals for water system and fuel system
hoses for water system
either a spare alternator or secondary method of electrical generation

Paul L
Paul L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2011, 12:34   #3
Registered User
Artif's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 267
Looks like a V***o MD2 on their website.
They make nice anchors!!!

Filters, pump kits, oils, injector and seals, full gasket set, hoses, alternator.
Being as your playing with icebergs maybe a spare prop.

Rather than an engine driven bilge pump take a separate engine driven salvage pump anything less than 2" and you'll struggle with a real leak.

Good luck with your plans, it looks like a superb trip
Arved fuchs has an interesting site about the trip.
Artif is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2011, 12:51   #4
Moderator Emeritus
GordMay's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario - 48-29N x 89-20W
Boat: (Cruiser Living On Dirt)
Posts: 32,216
Images: 240
Originally Posted by Artif View Post
... Rather than an engine driven bilge pump take a separate engine driven salvage pump anything less than 2" and you'll struggle with a real leak ...
... Good luck with your plans ...
Or both!

Approximate Flooding Rates, for smooth holes at selected depths, are calculated using the formula:
Flooding Rate in gpm = 20 x d x square-root of h
d = diameter of hole in inches
h = depth of hole underwater in feet (head)

Hence, for a 2" dia hole at 3 Ft depth:
Q = 20 x 2" x root 3 = 20 x 2 x 1.73 = 69.2 gpm(4,152 Gal per Hour)
69.2 / 60 = 1.15 gal per second, or 2.3 gal in two seconds
Gord May
"If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time/$ to fix it?"

GordMay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2011, 14:09   #5
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 32
Sorry its a Volvo Penta MD 11 C 23 hp. We are looking into a new one for the trip and will have a spare diesel outboard powerful enough to be our backup engine
Exiles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2011, 14:55   #6
Registered User
nemoofsweden's Avatar

Join Date: May 2010
Location: Liveaboard - out there
Boat: One-Off 38" steel sailboat
Posts: 44
Send a message via Skype™ to nemoofsweden
Having the Penta MD17C, same thing almost. Our is running 6000 h now and we are on the way to the ice opposite of your route, Antarctic

I'll recommend bringing a whole new checked starter motor (and open up and check the one you have), rebuild the ignition key with a rely close to the motor. Without the startermotor it is hard to start the motor (!) even if there in theory is possible on the MD11 if you have strong arm and the handle that sometimes is still in the boat

Anodes for the heat exchanger if you have one (fresh water cooled), impellers (lots of them!) and packing material/liquid gasket, extra bolts to the impeller, a complete pre-pump (the one with the manual lever to pump diesel to the motor, said to be almost indestructible but I have manage... there is a new version, check that you get that one!) change ALL tubes before you go, and check the gearbox, most of them are bad. I had mine rebuilt before I took off and took a look at the parts inside.. bad!)

Make special tools to unscrew the bolts to the impeller (sometimes covered with tubes and hard to reach), make a ring-key 14 and cut an opening to loosen the spreader tubes with, hell to get those with a normal allen), bring green pain Change the small O-rings in the house where the start of the spreader tubes goes onto the aft of the motor, hard to get)
Boat maintenance in exotic places...

2012/13: Cruising Patagonia
nemoofsweden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2011, 16:20   #7
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 4,413
I have an MD 17D and I would recommend:

belts (lots of them)
spare starter
spare alternator
1 raw water pump
1 fresh water pump it has fresh water cooling
1 strainer
several impellers for the pumps and extra gaskets
1 cooling hoses
extra fuses for starter circuit
spare keys
oodles of oil filters
several fuel filters
assorted metric bolts m4, m5 & m6
wire for starter and ignition
10 compression O rings for cooling pipes
alternator bracket

metric wrenches
Sandero is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2011, 16:38   #8
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Kingston, Ontario
Boat: Saugeen Witch, Colvin design vessel name: Witchcraft
Posts: 383
Images: 14
We found we needed extra ( lots of them) seals for the fresh water pump, filters of course, alternator, belts, any odd bolts etc, hoses for various things, exhaust etc.. your current mechanic is a good source of suggestions for what to bring. Good mechanics will know what they most received desperate calls about. We have a volvo MD 2 B. Thinking about repowering but the thing always starts, and never it continues on.
Fair Winds
witchcraft is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-02-2011, 07:11   #9
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 32
This is some great information. We are really thinking about replacing the engine now
Please check out our website
Exiles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-02-2011, 08:13   #10
Long Range Cruiser
MarkJ's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Australian living on "Sea Life" currently in England.
Boat: Beneteau 393 "Sea Life"
Posts: 12,828
Images: 25
I don't think you should be taking any spares more than a few hose clamps, spare oil, filters.

If your engine is not up to scratch or your knowledge appropriate then you should seriously consider going on an "extremely remote and cold voyage".

That is specialist stuff.

A spare starter motor and alternator is imho a woftam... waste of time and money. If you need one and not just a spare set of brushes (only for an old starter motor) you wouldn't have the knowledge to change it anyway.
A spare alternator is, again, a waste as you will have alternative power in wind or solar generator (in your case: wind)

We are really thinking about replacing the engine now
if you are thinking about it, like reefing, it proably needed to be already done.
Get a new donk, plus all the attachments

Or a new boat fitted out properly with newish, low hour engine etc.

Modern engines (starter motors, alternators etc) don't really break down.... (*********Touch Wood!!*************)

Proof to the pudding is Auto Electrician shops.... very few these days

Notes on a Circumnavigation.

Somalia Pirates and our Convoy
MarkJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-02-2011, 09:03   #11
Registered User
capnorv's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Bainbridge Island Washington on the Salish Sea
Boat: Hardin 45 Voyager Alice B., Gig Harbor 10, Orca 7 1/2 sloop, 16' sea kayak
Posts: 364
Images: 1
A couple of years ago, my boat was setting in a marina in the middle of winter and the ignition shorted out the ignition switch melting the brushes/commutator/bearing. It was 200 miles to the closest place to scavange for a starter so I found an outboard one that was close stole, epoxied, filed and fitted parts to work. My current spare. I agree a spare starter is a good thing. And if you think you have enough raw water impellers, get more.
capnorv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-02-2011, 10:31   #12
Registered User
Tia Bu's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: South Carolina
Boat: 40' Jeanneau
Posts: 459
If the engine runs well, has good compression, does not burn oil, then why replace it? I have a Volvo MD7a. About the same age. Recently the injection pump started leaking diesel fuel. The seals had deteriorated with age. It doesn't cost much to have the pump rebuilt, if you can take it off and reinstall it yourself. An additional benefit is getting to look inside the engine yourself during the process, so you can see if it has any carbon buildup, worn exhaust ports, corroded cooling system, etc.

I got my injection pump rebuilt, and the engine runs like new.

Most of the spare parts lists given above have to do with rubber things (or electrical windings) that deteriorate with age in a marine environment. It's really not too difficult a job to give that engine a thorough going over and check or replace all those parts. For that matter, it's not too difficult a job (from what I understand) to rebuild that engine yourself. Either way, it's a heck of a lot cheaper and easier than repowering. Plus you'll be much more confident about the thing if you sort of get intimate with it.
Tia Bu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-02-2011, 12:51   #13
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: between the devil and the deep blue sea
Boat: a sailing boat
Posts: 17,316
Much depends on engine age and make.

I would take:
- assortment of hoses,
- gasket material and cutters,
- anodes (if exist),
- filters aplenty,
- oil aplenty,
- raw water propellers,
- fresh water pump (if electrical one),
- alternator,
- starter,
- injectors,
- not least: a super duper set of applicable tools chosen so that you can disassemble and assemble every piece of the monster,
- engine manual (not the one we all have, the one mechanics use).

Much depends on how handy you are with engines. I am NOT ;-(


barnakiel is offline   Reply With Quote

engine, parts

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
'83 Thornycroft Engine Parts? wsvoboda Engines and Propulsion Systems 4 04-06-2017 22:34
Need Engine Parts, in The Berrys Kasidah Off Topic Forum 3 20-12-2010 06:47
Engine Parts GordMay Engines and Propulsion Systems 0 27-11-2007 13:50

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:31.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.