I have disassembled the entire fuel
return system looking for any sort of blockage and found nothing. The issue is not a blocked fuel
I cannot get anyone out here to do any compression
or other testing. We cannot leave the dock
here today and motor
inland because the 4 knot current
and 20 knot wind
has us pinned into the marina. IF we leave at slack water
around 1pm, we would be motoring against the current/tide the entire way and arrive in the Ortega area at low tide and thus unable to cross over to the Ortega river. Basically, we cannot leave here until tomorrow very early am if we want to go inland. Even then, I still do not have anyone firm who can for sure do compression
and other testing. We would be motoring inland simply to get a more secure location, there is nobody there who can tackle this.
I have been speaking with mechanics all over the country.... The discussions just go in circles.
We have two choices: continue to take total shot in the dark money
dart semi-blind attempts to fix this engine
or find a place for a total repower
would cost around $14K when its all said and done from what I can tell. We are already at $3,500 on attempts to fix this engine and we are no closer to a solution. Nobody can tell what is wrong with this engine. I am rapidly approaching the point of believing that it flat out cannot be fixed short of removing it and doing a complete tear down and rebuild
. That would not only take weeks but costs would approach that for a new engine regardless.
Time is a big factor. We have as a family
been trapped aboard like a prison for 2 full weeks now. Everyone is miserable. IF we had a home to go back too, we would have bugged out already. Sitting around for another 2-3-4-5 or whatever weeks while we continue the endless and fruitless hunt for some undiagnosable engine malfunction
is not an option.
I have pretty much exhausted the Jacksonville
area Yanmar mechanic
options. There is one guy who seems good and capable.... he is in Green Cove Springs and is totally swamped, he cannot come out here and work on it.
The guys who sold me the turbo I won't let back on the boat and besides they also never returned my last calls. All the other guys I have been talking too.... most are stumped to the point they no longer return my calls. I have one guy who says they can compression test the thing but not until Wednesday and even then I know they have little to no Yanmar
It seems we have no good options and I cannot formulate a plan. The only plan I can come up with at this point is to try and sail south if/when we get a weather
window (no chance until the weekend it seems now) and then try to locate a decent place to commit financial suicide and do a complete repower.