Thursday, December 14, 2006

Uh Oh

Fort Pierce, FL

Uh Oh. We ran into a major problem. To fix the engine we had to pull the cylinder head. When we got the head off, we can see that some foreign object got into the number 1 cylinder. The object severely damaged the piston and the cylinder head. I’m afraid that the engine is ruined.

Parts for these 30 year old Perkins engines are getting hard to find. If we want to sail to exotic locations, it’s not good to be looking for hard to find parts and diesel mechanics. We could overhaul the engine for about $9,000 or we can get a new one for about $12,000 to $15,000.

It will take three weeks plus all those thousands to fix it. That’s a major hit.

The good part is that, once this is done, we should be able to go a long way without engine trouble again.

We’re working on a plan of attack. More news later.

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