Posted by: Cap'n Fuzzy | March 22, 2016

Boat Spares

Active Captain just sent me their weekly note suggesting boat spares for the upcoming season.  See the Blogroll in the right hand margin for links.

Boat Spares – good subject and one comment they made reminded me of Hal Roth, writing in his book, “After 50,000 Miles” about the myriad items they carried on their circumnavigation.  The Active Captain comment was to make sure that your spares actually fit and work.  It is certainly not unknown to get the wrong part from a supplier.  How do you know?  Through hard experience Hal Roth made it his practice to fit spare parts immediately, which is the only way to make sure they fit and function properly.  He then put away the still good parts which were removed as his spares.  When is it easiest to solve the problem of getting the wrong part?

I was thinking about fuel filters the other day and I suspect that the engine start problem that I had the day we hauled out may be crap in the fuel filter or line.  In 2014 I pulled the first inline filter out of HC to find it was half full of crud.  My explanation was that bouncing around on the way up the coast from Knife River in 2013 had agitated all the muck accummulated in the fuel tank since 1979.  Amazing that it was working at all.  At the time I did not have a replacement filter element so I changed the smaller inline filter near the engine and left the other canister empty.

Last year we motored from McKellar Marine, in Thunder Bay, out the river and up to the Prince Arthur’s Landing Marina and then took the boat to Red Rock, with several outings that season, one to Kama Bay with no problems.  Then, the day we hauled the boat, I started with no problem, warmed the engine up, drove it through the pan ice over to the launch ramp and we got it onto the trailer mounted cradle and hauled it out. The boat was on a fairly steep angle, well, at least the angle of the launch ramp and a bit more, coming out of the water. Once it was sitting over in the storage yard area, I tried to start the engine to dry out the water jacket.  It wouldn’t start so I just cranked it with the inlet water line disconnected from the water pump and with the valve open in the side of the engine to drain as much as possible.  I then flipped the decompression lever and spun it over several more times with the hand crank just to make sure I got most of the water out.  We shall see later this spring how well that all worked.

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