Engine breakdown

On the third day of the passage we had the luxury of sailing for a few hours and shut the Port engine we were using when motor sailing. When the wind shifted and had to motor sail again the engine would not start.

Having an uncomfortable sea and the luxury of 2 engines, I started the starboard engine and continue on. Once we got into storm weather the port engine issue went to the back burner and that was the beginning of my nightmare. After the storm and following the normal check procedures from battery check, solenoid check, oil: what!Ihad water in the oil Clear water in the sump told me  I had a big problem, because this water has been in the sump for a week and although I emptied and filled the engine with diesel the damage was already done.

The cost:

Physical $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Psychological:  Priceless

The cause:

Poorly designed exhaust system  that allowed water being pumped in by wave action into the engine through the valves ,pistons and finally into the sump in such amount that the whole engine was full of sea water.

So for days and now weeks I have seen this engine dismantled to a bare block and taken away for rebuild.

These are the facts and will not elaborate how I feel about it. Only to say it will not happen again

Not an easy task

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About Paco

I am living my dream of sailing around the world, and to visit and meet as many places and people time will allow me.
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