Marine Systems — diesel

Fuel's Paradise: Onboard Fuel Polishing

Posted by Phillip Gutowski on

 Featured in the February, 2017 issue of SAIL Magazine.      Maintaining clean fuel should be one of the highest priorities on any vessel equipped with a diesel engine.  Detecting and discarding any badly contaminated fuel is always your best bet.  However, after having done your due diligence and sampled your tanks, there is no harm in adding extra filtration. We have two 60 gallon fuel tanks, built of fiberglass.  Each tank has a stainless inspection port, a dipstick and (thankfully) three fuel line connections.  Two of the connections reach down about 1” shy of the bottom of the tank,...

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Repowering: Hoisting a boat motor

Posted by Phillip Gutowski on

On our personal boat, a 1984 Tayana 42 we pulled our old Perkins 4-108 for a rebuild to recover lost power, stop oil/coolant leaks, and repaint.  While it’s out we’ve got lots of room to give the engine compartment a proper refit!  Here are some photos and a time lapse video of us pulling it out! Built a stable cart to make the engine easier to roll down the dock, up the ramp, and onto shore. Draining the coolant. Hard to tell that a lot of disassembly is already done here. Gone is the mess of spider web battery cables and...

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