Thursday, January 22, 2015
As our launch date to the Bahamas rapidly approaches, we find ourselves in the midst of some much needed boat projects. These are a few things that really need doing, because they are just a mere pain in the butt to do here, but they would be a royal pain the the butt to do later in the remote Bahamas. So we are, of course, doing everything at once. The place is a bit of a mess, but not too bad. The first project involves both engine alternators. It seems that a former owner of this boat allowed a dripping seawater pump to fling corrosive saltwater onto the alternator brackets. This saltwater is very corrosive, and caused the mounting bolts for both alternators to rust and make it IMPOSSIBLE to move the alternator to tighten the belts up. I am near certain that saltwater is a key ingredient in Lock-Tight. Luckily, they both sorta worked OK, but the belts were too loose, and eventually they would need replacing. One of the bolts in question happily donated its head when I attacked it with my impact wrench, displaying it's desire to remain tucked into its hole like a scared decapitated rabbit. The only course of action was to remove the part of the motor mount the damn thing was broken off into, and then have the bolt removed at a shop. Once this was done, the parts were cleaned and repainted like new, and will soon be back on the engines, haven't got that done yet.