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Old 21-01-2014, 16:33   #16
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Re: What engine spares to take on a small cruiser?

You're getting good advice.. it's a sailboat and you're heading to places with parts and mechanics so a spare starter, alternator, injectors, etc. aren't critical (but always nice).

As a minimum we'd ship:
  • A spare voltage regulator (small)
  • Lots and lots of filters (not so small)
  • Belts
  • Hoses (we have flex hose of each size that can bend into the pre shaped sizes)
  • Hose clamps
  • Impellers
  • Oil & other fluids (trans, coolant)
  • A spare electric lift pump can come in handy in a lot of situations (lift pump
    failure, priming, etc)

But the most important spare we needed (and had!) was a thermostat and radiator cap! These have been the only parts we've needed in years…. have a great trip! Diesels really are reliable!
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Old 21-01-2014, 16:55   #17
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Re: What engine spares to take on a small cruiser?

I agree with not taking too much. Oil and Fuel filters, belts and pump impellors should do it.
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Re: What engine spares to take on a small cruiser?

Make sure your exhaust has as high a loop as can possibly fit under the deck, that way you probably wont have to drain salt water out of your engine, and use up your spare oil. You will be running down wind (if you are lucky) and the stern will squat which can let a lot of water into your exhaust/engine if you dont have a good exhaust loop. I learned this a thousand miles off shore when I filled a 4 cylinder motor, completely with salt water from a poorly fitted exhaust system. Several hours later after draining oil and salt water from the sump and removing all 4 injectors, I sprayed muck all over the engine room wall when I hit the starter to clear the cylinders(another lesson learned, put a towel or rag over the injector holes) and after replacing oil and filter and injectors, got the engine started just before that batteries went dead. It turned out that some yard or owner had replaced the exhaust system with a much lower loop(maybe 12 inches less) and it did not create a problem untill we had a great downwind run for 12 hours or so, and when starting the engine in the morning, it just went KLUNK. If you are in doubt about your exhaust, close the valve on it if you are moving fast downwind. Just a lesson that I learned the hard way. _____Grant.
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Make sure your exhaust has as high a loop as can possibly fit under the deck, that way you probably wont have to drain salt water out of your engine, and use up your spare oil. You will be running down wind (if you are lucky) and the stern will squat which can let a lot of water into your exhaust/engine if you dont have a good exhaust loop. I learned this a thousand miles off shore when I filled a 4 cylinder motor, completely with salt water from a poorly fitted exhaust system. Several hours later after draining oil and salt water from the sump and removing all 4 injectors, I sprayed muck all over the engine room wall when I hit the starter to clear the cylinders(another lesson learned, put a towel or rag over the injector holes) and after replacing oil and filter and injectors, got the engine started just before that batteries went dead. It turned out that some yard or owner had replaced the exhaust system with a much lower loop(maybe 12 inches less) and it did not create a problem untill we had a great downwind run for 12 hours or so, and when starting the engine in the morning, it just went KLUNK. If you are in doubt about your exhaust, close the valve on it if you are moving fast downwind. Just a lesson that I learned the hard way. _____Grant.
Yeah... happened to me with the stern to the wind for a day or two at the dock. A good chop was running. Had an open exhaust outlet at the waterline. Got some water in the aft cylinder, bent push rod when it started.
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Re: What engine spares to take on a small cruiser?

as already stated oil and filters

impellers
belts for alternator
wrenches
fuses
spare key!
hose
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Re: What engine spares to take on a small cruiser?

If the only way you have to charge the batteries is the alternator, then carry a spare alternator. Otherwise, you'll be fine with belts + impellers + filters.
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Nearly forgot.. if you've not got one.. a pump for draining the oil
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Re: What engine spares to take on a small cruiser?

There are a 100 parts that could fail so you can't plan for everything. If you can turn the engine over and charge your batteries and pump water you should be good to go, most of the time.
The winding's of a starter don't usually fail but the solenoid and drive do. Alternators and reg's often fail as do belts. The fresh water pump just starts leaking so you probably don't need one of those but the impeller and key for the salt water pump are important spares. A cheap electric fuel pump is nice to have as a spare or a spare mechanical pump might be nice. A bit of gasket material and some gray silicone too.
Who knows how much oil and how many filters you need.
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Re: What engine spares to take on a small cruiser?

We've got a 2003 (same engine, one more cylinder) that was installed in 1985. Here's the items that we've had a used in spares:
  • Oil Filters
  • Belts
  • Water Pump Impeller
  • Something to repair exhaust elbow
  • One spare injector
  • Injector seal washers (in case you pull an injector for repair)
  • Thermostat
We've carried other items, but those are the things that have gotten used. If you have the stock alternator it's a pretty common Bosch and you can usually find one (or the parts to fix yours) pretty much anywhere there are cars. If you have a non-stock alternator then you might want to consider some spare parts for it (depends on how critical your electronics are to you - you can also usually find an auto alternator locally that will get you by until you get a replacement/repair). If you were suggesting the south Pacific I might add a few items.
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Re: What engine spares to take on a small cruiser?

Worth checking some of the 'specialist' stuff. Things I could not get (or at sensible prices!).
Belts for Raymarine auto pilot, even thoght it is the current model spars are hard to find and $50+ if you can find one in a chandlery. They are $10 online if you buy them as 'industrial belts' - same item different distributes.
Kerosine (paraffin) I have an excellent stove but found fuel almost unobtainable in S Europe.
You probably have a few things on the boat that are like that
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