The wife and I spent some time yesterday doing a self survey
on a vessel as the only surveyor
in the area where the boat
is located is unavailable for about three weeks, so we thought we'd do a kind of pre-survey survey
as we need to complete the sale
in about the same time frame, so this will allow us time to investigate any major issues and decide ultimately whether to purchase
the vessel or not. The attraction to us of this particular boat
is that #1 it is a design we really like and it is located relatively close by; has a new engine
; and the price
was hard to resist.
Now the boat does need some TLC which is fine by us (been there and done that on previous boats - yes we are suckers for punishment!) but there are a couple of issues that have us scratching our heads, hence the reason for this post in that hoping some knowledgeable folk can contribute one or more answers to the questions below.
First and foremost, when we first inspected the boat (which is on the hard) the bilge
was filled with water
. The water
was predominantly fresh, but there was some salt
mixed in. The reason for this is that the owners had to rush off and had the yard haul the boat and didn't return for 10 months or so. The bilge
water level rose up above the bottom of the engine
as can be seen by the water marks in the picture below
The owner has since drained the bilge at our request and further investigation revealed that there is some electrolytic corrosion
that has occurred. I suspect the alloy gearbox
and bellhousing has been the least noble metal. Some examples of the corrosion
One of our primary missions yesterday was to get the motor
started. We failed. Initially the motor
was slightly frozen. I free'd it by swinging the prop while in gear
. When we tried to start the engine, the starter spun but did not engage the flywheel. I suspect that the flywheel was corroded and was "locked" to the bell housing initially and that the starter's bendix is also corroded in the retracted position.
Starter (note corrosion in general vicinity and + terminal):
My question from those that feel qualified to answer. Is this motor toast? It has less than 20 hours on it and has not had the first service
. I'm prepared, if need be, to pull the motor at some point in 12 to 18 months and clean up the corrosion.
Now for some other items on the survey.
Back in the engine bay, the shaft seal
has a grease gun plumbed into it. Not sure if this is a design or a bodge. Can anyone shed some light? A picture (as best I could) of the seal is below. For reference, the shaft diameter is 1.25 inches.
The boat has a nice new genoa
which of course isn't mounted to the roller furler
. I can't figure out how the top bearing of the furler
works. It's a pretty old unit and I don't understand how the halyard
tension is transferred to the top of the mast
Cheers - Jeff.