Originally Posted by skipperpete
That’s a damn fine engine, it probably weighs as much as my boat. I’m for running it maybe once every 2 weeks and only to recoat all the moving surfaces with oil, it would take a while to get her up to operating temp in your location and running that much horsepower against the mooring
lines to load it up is not a good idea so just shut it down Luke warm. Caterpillar identifies dry starts after more than 2 weeks as being detrimental ....but Cat is very conservative about how it’s engines should be treated and a lot of them get fired up cold and dry with years between startups, ....just not by Cat mechanics. I guess you’re familiar with the preheat on the D343 and if ever she won’t start, check the glow plug
The generator is easier but if it’s been idle for a long period of time it’s a good idea to warm up the live end by putting a heat source such as a 100watt bulb under it to dry out any moisture buildup. Usually we only do this on larger open generators and if your engine room is heated it won’t be necessary. Run the genset up and when it heats up a bit put a few loads on it for half an hour then take off the loads for 5 mins and shutdown. Has the NL got a dry exhaust
like the Cat?
No it has a wet exhaust.
I am in SE AK and it isnt very cold at all right now--- most of the year it is in the 50s at least.
I can keep a heater
in the ER no problem--- plenty of shore power
I didnt really remember how to start it as I am a travel nurse and by the time i got back I forgot the sequence. I finally got it cranked last week and ran it only for a few minutes--- MAN does it sound radical.
WHat about turning the screw and the bow thrusters?? Might blow out some of the crud that is building up..
When i finally get all the correct info and procedures down pat -- i am going to make a small notebook to leave on hangin next to the engine --with a maintenance
calendar too. IN BIG FONT-- I already put in 4 lights and am going to put 4 more down there--- i like to see what i'm doing--
Can i use flexible fuel
lines from my tanks
instead of the copper ones that are pretty old now---- it was built in 1943
I am labeling all the new wiring
we put in--- 1500 feet of marine wiring
!!!!!----instead of the house romex
that i found had been used in the past.
Going to talk with the owner tomorrow who had it for a number of years and pick his brain-- video him if he will let me--- take pictures of all the old pictures he has of the boat in her prime...
I have plenty to keep me busy since Im retired now !!! hahahaha
Retired and boat ownership
shouldnt be allowed in the same sentence!
Oh BTW-- a crew of CAT mechanics used to come up and fish
this boat every year and they alway dolled up the engine while they were here and usually left some king of parts
, filters, o ring, starters, turbos,,,,hahaha