One can only imagine the nightmare of the first time a do-it-yourselfer tackles a Grand Banks engine room. This usually leads to a “re-renovation” by a service yard. We were lucky enough (unlucky enough) to take on such a job. This was a case where a “mechanic” quoted on a tank job and got one tank sort of done and either ran out of time or funds to finish the job. Nor did he seem to have the capacity to do an adequate job. Continue reading
A lot of parts make up the control of noise aboard your boat. We have tackled all these parts at one point or another. The type of noise you are experiencing is usually an indication of where the problem lies. The first we will look at are vibration-type noises. Continue reading
Bad fuel can come from anywhere – you can pick it up at some fuel dock or it can just sit in your tanks long enough to go bad. If dealt with in a timely manner, you can save some expense later. If not, you will need to have your tanks pumped and cleaned.
We do a lot of raw water pump work here, but evidently not enough because we see bad pumps and impellers all the time. Changing impellers should be part of your annual maintenance schedule as well as a per trip visual inspection for leaking pumps.
The prop, in conjunction with your engine, is the muscle of your boat. It is amazing the amount of difference there is when a prop is conditioned properly. The prop is tuned for a combination of your hull, your engine and the displacement of the boat. In addition to the proper pitch, there must be enough blade area to move the boat at the intended speed. Continue reading
We see a lot of engines which are in need of a make-over (I mean a lot). How do you know when you need a make-over? When a potential buyer sees an engine with rust or corrosion, it is a sign that the boat has not been maintained properly. Since engine work can cost a lot of money, it is a definite deterrent to a potential buyer. Continue reading
Most of the larger boats that come into our marina for service have trim tabs. If you don’t have them on your boat, it would behoove you to find out why many manufacturers are installing them as options or even standard equipment. Continue reading