27 December 2012 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
James/Sunny and Nice!
Engine start day!
But first things first, Karma has a BO (boat odor) problem.
Yesterday, as part of getting access to the fuel tanks, I took the carpets out and washed them, thinking that perhaps some moisture had caused them to become musty. They weren't all intended to come out as the main carpet was somewhat glued in place, but with two short cuts, I pulled them up and gave them all a good scrub, deodorize, and rinse, leaving them to dry for a day in the sun.
However, I discovered that the carpet wasn't the issue. While checking the battery fluids, I discovered that about 3-5 cm of water had leaked into the battery box (starter battery) and was also standing in between the ribs under the house batteries. I know how the water got there, and someday I will confess to the incident, but for now I remain silent.
The water was black as coal, and smelled of H2S (rotten eggs). Because of the tight spot in the battery area, sponging it out was hard to do. Besides, the foul water was eating my hands apart. I took about three buckets of foul water out before I couldn't get any more.
So necessity being the mother of invention, I invented a gadget that sucks water out of tight spaces quickly. Using some clear tube and a fuel bulb, the "suckulator" got rid of the remaining water in no time. I swished the compartment with fresh water and nice smelling stuff to give Karma a fresh as spring bilge.
Karma now has fresh and clean underbits (at least under her battery box). I replaced the carpets, tidied up, and she seems to be quite happy. She only bit me once during the sponge out stage of the cleaning.
So, having cleaned the fuel, and cured the BO, I thought we should do an engine trial. I checked all the systems that should be checked (cooling water, oil, fuel lines, fuel/water separator (why is that in the wrong spot), AC breaker off, ya da ya da...
Hit the glow plug for 30 seconds, turned the engine over...cough cough, clunk. Oh boy, keep positive....
Glow plug again, starter...cough, cough, clunk, Stay positive, it's been a while since it started up.
One more time, then check to see if I don't have something set right....glow plug, starter, cough cough....purr.
Purr? Yup. Ticking over and idling smoothly. I misted up. Sweetest engine purr I've heard in a long time. Check to make sure she has cooling water flow, and allowed myself a little happy smile.
45 minutes of running through RPM's and a few tests of the gear box and I shut the engine down.
I patted the engine, hoping that this was the start of a long and happy relationship.
Nice almost full moon off the dock later that night. 10/10 happiness level.