Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Brrr Are you ready for Spring?

We've had a cold one haven't we? We were shooed out of the boat shed by cold weather and car troubles. Thankfully, the car troubles have been fixed. I know far more about fixing engines than I care to AND most importantly, SPRING IS COMING. Whoohoo. This weekend we are heading back to the shed and picking up the tools to continue on with the building. When we scarf the planks for the vessel we put epoxy in the splice and epoxy will not cure in the extreme cold so we haven't taken a chance with possible future leaks.

This does not mean we have been idle. We have 2- Detroit Diesel 4-53 engines that we have been dismantling, cleaning and replacing the inner parts. Everything had to be cataloged, scraped, checked over for any wear and now we are waiting for seals and refit parts. When it all goes back we will have 2 new engines. It's all looking good.
Keep warm.


  1. I was hoping I'd see a post when I checked your site tonight! You have taken more steps forward with the engine refits! Looking forward to more good news!

  2. Wow ! Nicely done !! We really must manage a has been a little crazy with the pending move... And yes...VERY ready for spring !!!

  3. Are these engines strictly marine? If not, how is cooling accomplished in a dry land situation?

  4. These engines are both marine and industrial. In the case of an industrial situation on land it would be cooled using a radiator and fan in the same manner as a car or truck. As a marine engine they are cooled using either a keel cooler which is a loop of pipe in which the antifreeze circulates having been cooled by the salt water or, as mine are, geared up with a heat exchanger in which a raw water pump pumps salt water through a heat exchanger which cools the antifreeze in the engine core. The discharge of the salt water is usually through the exhaust pipe. Hope that that answers your question. Thank you for taking an interest in the blog