Remove our Boat Engine

It’s been a busy aboard Banjo.  As you may recall, we got towed out of our anchorage almost a month ago and have been eager to discover the cause of our engine failure.  I met with Gary last week and attended to his assigned homework of preparing the engine to be removed.  Earlier this week, Gary and the crew from Deaton Yacht Service in Oriental, NC,  took the reins to remove our boat engine.  Ours is an 85-HP Perkins 4.236 Marine Diesel weighing in upwards of 500+-lbs (estimated).  Banjo also…

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Preparation: Removing our Perkins Boat Engine

Removing our Perkins Boat Engine

Today was a busy day.  This morning, we received a knock on the hull and found Gary, one of the Deaton’s Yacht Service employees, requesting to come aboard. We welcomed him and took a couple minutes to listen to his plan for removing our Perkins boat engine. We decided to remove the engine due to finding sea water on top of the pistons and water in our engine oil.  Early in our discussions with the boatyard, I expressed an interest in learning as much as possible about the engine. Gary…

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Perkins 4.236 Marine Engine Mystery Solved

We were fortunate to have had John Deaton from Deatons Yacht Service, come aboard Banjo and perform an inspection of our Perkins marine engine. Shannon and I have been nervous since discovering a problem with Banjo’s engine.  Since, we have been actively seeking answers to our Perkins 4.236 Marine Engine Mystery.  Today, we realized the extent of the problem and have potentially encountered a major delay in our cruising plans.  Major delay is probably an understatement as we already depleted a large amount of our cruising kitty already this year…

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Surprise Tow and Arrival in Oriental, NC

As some may remember, right before Hurricane Florence, Banjo experienced some engine problems.  We later realized she has water in her oil, which has various possible causes.  After Hurricane Florence, and subsequently Hurricane Michael which came right on Flo’s heels, we investigated some of the possible causes of our mystery.  Thanks to some friends, and a couple local contractors, we were able to rule out a couple of the possibilities.  Unfortunately, this left Banjo in a pickle.  Since the issue was not due to the possibilities checked, it left us…

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Marine Diesel Repair: Perkins 4.236 Starter Removal, Rebuild and Re-installation

Perkins 4.236 Starter Removal

We recently attempted to start the 85-hp Perkins 4.236 Marine Diesel Engine on Banjo. As the engine was trying to start, I noticed a puff of white smoke eject from the starter and knew we had damaged the solenoid. Since we hadn’t done any maintenance to the starter, we decided to do a Perkins 4.236 starter removal. From there, we could have it rebuilt at a local specialist then re-install the starter. We hoped, from there,to be back in business. This project took roughly 3.5 hours from start to finish. …

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Perkins 4.236 Engine Repair: Raw Water Pump

Perkins 4.236 Marine Engine Raw Water Pump installation

I received a call from Chuck first thing this morning. He had been thinking about our engine and the possible locations where water could get into the crankcase.  Although the most obvious answer to the problem is a blown head gasket, Chuck made a recommendation to check our raw water pump.  By ruling out the raw water pump first, we could potentially avoid the costly head gasket replacement. What is a Raw Water Pump The raw water pump on Banjo is responsible for pulling sea water into the engine as…

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