Had some work
done at Indiantown before starting the trek up towards St. Augustine last week, it's been brutally hot with no wind
, so ICW
all the way. Day 1 gets us to Stuart, don't notice any problems, but could have been preoccupied by finally being back in the water
and moving again (and trying to make the last lock through at St. Lucie by 4:30 PM).
* Day 2, noticed the oil
pressure gauge leaning precariously over towards 20, this while chugging along at 2500 RPM
(rated max is 3200, so about 75%). Engine
hours are low, 525 at start of the trip, with fresh oil
and filter change (and fuel
filters, and antifreeze
flush and fill). Backed off on the RPM's to 2000 and watched the gauge climb to 30ish - just in the green. OK, so now we're doing 4.5 kts and I can live with that.
* Day 3, we have a little current
against us and I'm finding @ 2000 RPM
the gauge is ticking just over the 20 mark, I drop to 1900, climbs back up around 30ish, we make it a short day. I change the oil and filter that night to be on the safe side.
* Day 4, no better. Did I mention brutally hot? The coolant
temp is steady, straight up in the green. Took the engine
cover off and directed a fan into the compartment, no appreciable difference, except the cockpit
is now a really miserable place to be.
* Day 5, lots of current
against us and I'm down to 1750 RPM to just keep the needle at 20. It's a short day, the oil level is a tidge lower than it was.
All along the engine sounds the same, a bit loud, but it always has been, so no change there. Exhaust
is clear, oil color is golden, temp is steady. Bad gauge? Oil cooler? Oil pump