[Public-List] A new engine adventure...

Gordon Laco via Public-List public-list at lists.alberg30.org
Thu Jul 7 08:22:36 PDT 2016


On 2016-07-07, at 11:12 AM, Wes Gardner <wesgardner1952 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Gord,
> Is this a drain plug you use for winterizing?
> Always exciting to have floating floor boards....
> On Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 10:16 AM, Gordon Laco via Public-List <public-list at lists.alberg30.org> wrote:
>> Hello gang...
>> Last night being Wednesday, SURPRISE sortied from the club to do battle as
>> usual.  The air was very light and uncharactistically from the east, so that
>> put the start at the far end of our end of Severn Sound.  We motored all the
>> way out, shut down and began the usual prestart jousting.   I¹ll gloss over
>> the great start we had, how MAID MARION, our arch rival, tried doing a tack
>> just before and never really got moving again in the very light air...
>> So there we were gliding along with 0.7 knots showing on the knotmeter and
>> laying the windward mark due to a huge lift right at the start.  I was
>> chuckling to myself when one of my crewmembers called to me Œhey Gord, the
>> floorboards are floating¹.
>> Sure enough, the bilges were completely flooded.  We quickly pumped the
>> water out and marveled at how strong the batteries were despite the fact
>> that they may have spent days under water (assuming a slow trickle leak)
>> Nothing more was coming in, so I reckoned I¹d worry about the leak later.
>> We completed the race, the bilges were still clear (we¹d left the
>> floorboards up to help the battery tops dry).  We sparked up the engine and
>> motored for home.
>> Partway back to the club, the bilges were full again.  As we reversed to
>> stop at our jetty, the engine died.  I never like to let it end an
>> engagement on it¹s own terms, so I tried to start it again, and it wouldn¹t
>> fire although it spun well on the starter.
>> Off came the motor compartment cover.  The liner pan beneath the engine was
>> full of water and overflowing into the bilge, but no new water seemed to be
>> coming in.    I said to Clint ³hit the starter for me please ... Uh I mean
>> Œdamn you¹² (we have a running gag going in the boat over how I used to be
>> admonished in Officer¹s Basic in the RCN about being too polite when giving
>> orders)
>> The engine cranked, and immedeatly a shower of water sprayed from the engine
>> block to the starter housing, and from that all over the compartment.  A
>> drain plug had come out.    I put in a new one from my parts kit.  Went and
>> had a beer at the club house... 30 minutes later, figureing the engine had
>> dried out tried the starter.  The engine ran sweetly as usual and there was
>> no leak.
>> That was a new one...
>> Gord #426 Surprise
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