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
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.
There are many parts on a boat that are not stainless steel. Most of these would be add ons to a marinized part – such as an engine, or maybe brackets for mechanical parts. In any case, any non-stainless metal in a boat will eventually rust. Where there is rust, there is a boat that is not maintained properly. Continue reading
If you are planning on selling your boat, it is advantageous to know what the potential buyer’s surveyor will find when he inspects your boat. A short list is what you are looking for. If he finds too much wrong, the buyer’s initial reaction is to just walk away. We know what surveyors look for and can correct problems before the boat goes to survey. 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
Be Kind to Your Machine!!
If you did not receive a manual with your engine, get one. Diesel manuals contain every bit of information you need to know about how to maintain your engines, and more. We provide here some common sense maintenance tips but to be totally familiar with your engine makes you a better boater. With proper maintenance your engines should exceed the expected lifespan. Continue reading
Maintaining your engine room is essential for retaining the value of your boat as well as proper performance. Even if you are checking your engine room on a regular basis, a dirty engine room appears as an un-maintained boat. Continue reading