[Alberg30] Universal Diesel Power

Roger L. Kingsland rkingsland101 at ksba.com
Thu Sep 4 06:44:50 PDT 2003

Albergers (no fries);

I would like to get into the fray RE diesel engine power.

Mahina (#148) has a Universal 18 diesel which I believe develops 14 HP. (So why the heck didn't they call it the 14?  Life's mysteries abound.)    It has a 2 blade prop, automatic bleed (that I do not know how to work) and about 500 hours run time.  (Why don't engines ever walk?)

I have powered in calm seas in at 5 knots plus with fuel consumption under 1/2 gal per hour (11 gal tank).  I have also power sailed upwind successfully in 1 to 2 foot seas but have not been out in high winds and/or seas.  Can anyone with this motor report on it's performance in these conditions?  Any opinions on weather a three blade prop would strain the engine too much?  Does anyone know what stocks will appreciate over 30% in the next week? 

Roger Kingsland
Chief Financial Officer (AKA, check writer)
Mahina Manu, A30 #148
N40°  29.288'
W79°  54.228'
Author's Disclaimer; This email was produced exclusively by the sender and, in the interest of expediency, without the benefit of editing by others.  The sender, thank goodness, is a much better architect/sailor than speller/editor and, frankly, constantly laments an obvious flaw in "spell check," it does not know what the author is thinking.  Please accept the sender's sincere apologies for any "typos" that may appear in this document.  If present, they are certainly unintended and hopefully do not cloud the message, or spawn any unnecessary lawsuits.
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