Pulling the engine for a rebuild

March 30, 2017

In the last post I mentioned that cylinder 2 was having some blowby issues. I took the head in for testing in the hopes that it was cracked and the issue. The head came back superbly. That meant it was time to dig deeper into the motor, which meant pulling it and putting it up

Engine finally fires! Now troubleshooting cylinder 2 issues

February 19, 2017

VICTORY! Billabong’s Yanmar 3gm finally fires! (Read text under video too!) Harold, a diesel mechanic and fellow Shilshole Bay Yacht Club member, came out today and helped me troubleshoot the motor. With experience backing him we found the air leak pretty quickly. It is coming from the external fuel filter. We bypassed it straight into

Reminder to change fuel filters often

February 16, 2017

Billabong’s Yanmar 3gm is having a hard time firing. I am fairly certain it is due to fuel issues. When I pulled out the primary and secondary fuel filters there was a lot of gunk that came out with it. Clogged fuel filters restrict fuel flow and can cause issue inside the motor if not

What makes an outboard not turn…

February 14, 2017

I had a chance today to look at the Tohatsu 9.8 outboard on the dinghy. It has not been turning. A bit of a bummer when you are trying to motor along and direction other than straight. Flipped the motor over and was greeted by the sight of a thickly rusted tube. The tube that

Sink rust be gone!

January 3, 2017

Billabong has primarily been used for racing over the past couple years. That means some things in the cabin have been accidentally neglected, like the sink. It had a few rusty spots in it. Luckily I learned about Krud Kutter recently while cleaning the dinghy and a kayak. Krud Kutter again proved its worth by