It's been a little while since my last post, I had to take some time away from this project because of some family medical issues. Everything turned out okay, so I am getting back on a regular schedule of Monday posts.
Here on the boat, I am in the middle of a few projects. A new higher capacity bilge pump and float switch have been installed, and spring cleaning is in full swing. Next up is to pull the mast, inspect and replace rigging, paint and plop it back on. I have a port to replace (from 1975, bedded with 5200..some of you will know my pain) as well as a hatch to put in.
The biggest challenge that I am facing by far is with my diesel auxiliary engine.
The early Endeavour 32 models from 1975 - 1978 came with a standard Yanmar SVE12, a one cylinder 12hp engine. The Endeavour owners website calls it "fine for flat calms but not enough power to push to windward in any wind or sea". Many Endeavour owners have chosen to repower, which is an option at some point, but not this year. In the end though, they call it an auxiliary for a reason. These boats are meant to sail and that's what they do best. To put it in perspective, Chris Bray and Jess Taunton at YachtTeleport have managed the Northwest Passage with a hand-start 8HP Saab diesel, and Mickey Scotia, author of "Mama Junk's Great Adventure" got his Chinese junk from Rhode Island to Florida, mostly without an engine at all.
The problem with mine, is a cracked cylinder head. I had taken the head to Motor Tech in New Bedford, MA to have it redone, but the pressed fitting for the fuel injector port would not budge, and that had to come out before the head can be machined. When in doubt, it's a good idea to go see someone who has forgotten more about these engines than you will ever know. So I dropped in to see my uncle, Harry Tripp Jr. at FL Tripp & Sons in Westport, MA.
A day later, he let me know about the cracks he found in the cylinder head. I would need to find another option. The challenge however, is that you cannot just order these up with your Amazon Prime membership. There are still parts available for this engine, but not this part.
I was bumming. Now I had to seriously consider a repower, which was going to be a huge task. So I started asking around, scouring Craigslist from Rhode Island to Alaska and dropping into boatyards to see if I could find one stuffed in a corner on a pallet, or in an old sailboat whose better days had come and gone.
“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
A few days later I ran into my friend Chris at the coffee shop here in town. If you hang out with me long enough, you'll pick up on this pattern of most things of note in my life, somehow always involve the Coffee Depot. Chris is a fellow liveaboard sailor and author who is between Maine and Rhode Island regularly. I was glad to have caught him since we always have a good chat, and it had been a while since we had run into each other. We talked about the projects we had going on, and inevitably my engine came up. He said he would keep an eye out for me.
Literally, a day later I opened my email to find a note from Chris in my inbox, he had found a Yanmar SVE12 in Southwest Harbor, ME! I promptly got on the line and found that it was still available, turns over, runs and is in nice overall condition. So tomorrow I'll be taking the 6 hour drive to Southwest Harbor to pick it up and get it back home to Rhode Island. I guess you never know just how something is going to work out, but it sure can be an interesting ride.
My son, heralding the return of spring.
At home, late in the day, Warren River.