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Currently in Portugal after 7 years in the Mediterranean

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A Hydrolocked Engine - Off With Its Head!

15 September 2022 | Porto Santo
Nichola Wright
On our arrival in Porto Santo, we'd discovered Emerald's Volvo Penta D2-75 engine would not start. After sailing into the anchorage then being towed to a relatively safe anchor spot within the harbour, we had begun to investigate the problem. We had since replaced the fuel lift pump, but this was just a side track. Now, it seemed extremely likely that we had a hydrolocked engine. Somehow, water had found its way back into the engine from the exhaust system.

The evidence that pointed to a hydrolocked engine was the fact that despite trying various means, we couldn't get the engine to turn over. To confirm the hydrolock and to attempt repairs, we would need to remove the engine head. With the cylinders then exposed, the hope was that we'd be able to clean them up and get them moving again. However, there were a lot of steps to complete before we got to that point.

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Vessel Name: Emerald
Vessel Make/Model: Kelly Peterson 44
Hailing Port: No fixed abode
Crew: Colin 'Skip' Wright, Nichola Wright
About: One from Northern Ireland, one from Yorkshire, UK
Extra: Emerald has been our home since 2004. We've sailed around the UK, the western Baltic and have spent 7 years in the Med. We're currently in Portugal, planning a refit. Lot's more information about us and the boat can be found at www.yachtemerald.com
Home Page: https://www.yachtemerald.com/
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