Great Nelson Marek boat and super choice for someone who has loved racing for years. Put on a 110% jib
, it will be great anytime the wind
is over 10 knots, and below maybe you'll be motoring anyhow. You will beat most boats on any passage
. Since it has 200 gal water and maybe a watermaker
, you can take showers. The boat will be a piece of cake in any conditions, it's that good. Expect to arrive clean, well rested, and first. With a wind vane
you can go anywhere without steering
or worrying about an autopilot
Now, about your Universal:
You want to take things slowly to protect the motor
from damage. Don't just turn the key.
The first thing will be to determine if it is free to turn over. There could be some rust or corrosion
which would make it "frozen". One recent thread here a guy spent a lot of time freeing up his motor
and wound up stripping it down and rebuilding it. If you can crank it manually, using a pry bar or a large socket wrench, easily, then you have a good shot.
Then you need to get the starter working. You could remove it and with it clamped somewhere hit the start button or just short the solenoid contacts briefly. If the engine
is free to turn and the starter works, reinstall it and try to crank the motor with the kill switch engaged, (just to get it turning over without firing). Change the oil
Make sure you have clean fuel
and clean fuel
Now crank with the injector pipes loosened so you can see that fuel is pumping to the injectors. If so, all is good for an attempt at starting and generally you have a good chance. Otherwise you may have to bleed the fuel system and possibly get the injection pump
serviced. Make sure your batteries
are real strong and all electrical
contacts are good.
Once started check water flow through to the exhaust
and be concerned about blockages.
After operation, another oil change
Good luck and good sailing.