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What to do With Our Broken Sailboat Engine?

15 January 2023 | Porto Santo
Nichola Wright
At the end of our last blog, we'd managed to successfully get the pistons in the hydrolocked engine moving. Or so we thought. When we reassembled the engine block head and tried to turn the engine over again, it seemed sluggish and we could hear an ominous squeak. So, what next for our broken sailboat engine?

We'd done all we could with the engine in-situ, so the next step was to have it lifted out of the boat. With that we'd have better access to work on its components. However, time then got away from us as illness and life demands ate up our resources. As a consequence, it wasn't until the end of December that we were finally ready to have the engine lifted.

With the engine sat on a pallet in a shed, we got out first really good look at it. Initial thoughts were that we could still see a lot of rust. Was it terminal or could we bring Victor the Volvo back to life?

From our social media postings, we've had a few questions and suggestions for solutions, so I thought we'd document our options.

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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/