Originally Posted by Tspringer
Now the problem is simply GETTING a turbo.... Apparently the Yanmar people really do not know what part number or actual turbo to ship or if they even have one or if it is actually even available. The unit on the boat has a data plate but it cannot be read. The shop manual says one part number, Yanmar has another and some sources they have list several. At this point nobody seems to know what turbo we need.
This is fun!
Wow, I just blew through this thread. I am SO sorry for you and your family
. But look on the bright side (there always is one), you will know more about your engine
than just about anyone else, and as you go forward with your cruise
, that will count for a lot on more than one occasion.
My thoughts, for what they are worth.
1. DON'T let this be a cruise killer, or even a week killer. Anchor
the boat somewhere close and enjoy the spot where you are. Do you have a generator
, or some other way to charge your batteries? If so, you really don't need to sit in the marina paying daily transient rates because someone is trying to fix your engine
. Remember, cruising is fixing your boat in EXOTIC places. Find someplace fun for the family
while you deal with this.
2. Related to No. 1, you don't necessarily need to be right where you are. I can't remember the town you are in, but you always can take the boat to some better harbor that you and the fam would want to see anyway, and make arrangements with a mechanic
there to install the turbo (just have it shipped to the right spot). Yanmars are all over the place, and there are certified mechanics everywhere.
3. Very much a long shot, but is there a boat somewhere in your area that has the same turbo? Offer the guy dinner in the nicest spot around if your mechanic
can "borrow" his turbo, just so you can run your engine for 15 minutes with it to see if that in fact is the problem (like I said, long shot that you find someone, and likely a longer shot that they'll let you take their engine apart, but you never know, cruisers truly are generous sorts).
4. You might want to give Larry Berlin a call (if you haven't already). He's at Mack Boring in New Jersey
, and generally considered one of the most knowledgeable people on the planet about Yanmars. He can be a bit gruff, and he likely will "yell" at you for cleaning
the turbo the way you did, but if you can get past that he very likely will be able to point you in the right direction. At minimum, he probably can send you to the right person in your area.
Good luck, and please be sure to post when you get it sorted! It'll make for a great chapter in that book you'll write when you get back from your cruise!