Step 1: Lesson 1: Too Good to Be True?
The vessel's name is 'Lil Putt' and was built on Vancouver Island. There were 5 similar vessels built but I have only managed to track down 2 that are still operational. She is 14ft long, has a Volvo Penta MD4b Diesel Engine, and was built in the early 60's across from Mill Bay in a fellow's garage.
Step 2: Lesson 2: Diagnosing the Isses... the Fun Begins
She sounded as if she just might turn over, laboured as it was, hope was in sight... until she preasure locked... or so we thought. Hand cranking it seemed to unlock the little Volvo and we employed this method multiple times until the hand crank joint snapped off. We still had the battery so for the next two days we tweaked everything from the timing of the fuel pump to the alternator but it was a no go. She just wouldn't start, and then she locked up completely.
Faced with the reality of this situation (ie. We wouldn't be sipping cocktails Putting through the Gulf Islands anytime soon), it was time to pull out the Volvo and identify the issues... we still had no idea what was wrong.
Step 3: Lesson 3: Have Lots of Friends
On a sunny spring afternoon, we finally lifted all 400 pounds of the 'little' Volvo Penta onto the dock and loaded her up. Again, the key point in this lesson is friends and beer... (lots of both).
Step 4: Lesson 4: Be Prepared to Be Frustrated
Step 5: Lesson 5: Carefully Examine the Vessel Before Operating
VOLVO Penta MD5 Marine Diesel
Step 6: Lesson 6: You Don't Need Alot of Money
- Old Color Depth Sounder (found at the local dump)
- Old VHF radio and antenna (traded to Grant for other old electrical equipment)
- Salvaged Fenders and life jackets (floated in on the tide)
- Flood lights, electrical panel, wiring bits and pieces (discount bin at the local Marine supply store)
- Paint (some donated, others not so cheap)
- Battery Charging regulator (not so cheap at all, but somewhat mission critical)
- Salvaged paddles (came in handy too many times before battery charger installed)
- Salvaged Captain's Chair
Here's a few links to some boat wiring diagram:
With a fresh coat of paint and all electronics installed it was time for Sea Trials:
Step 7: Lesson 7: Enjoying the Finished Project
While the diesel tank is only 70 litres, I can honestly say that this is enough to run her for weeks. We had a great summer Putting all up and down the Islands and in hind sight couldn't have had a better project. Of course non of this would have been possible if it wasn't for Dan, Hal, Mr. Futs, and countless others who contributed knowledge, parts, and labour along the way. THANKS!
As for spring 2011, a new list of repairs grows in the back of my mind,
- Replace running light that got ripped off towing a 20 ton sailboat
- Repair hull scuffs acquired practising Captain Ron Manouvers
- Install air intake pipe through roof to reduce noise
- New Casing gasket to prevent diesel fumes from filling cabin
- Install towing cleat so Dan doesn't have to sweat so much
- New bottom paint
- Convert Diesel to Bio Diesel (idea from Tbonestone instructables member)
Until the spring... and perhaps another project vessel.