Engine Room
The Engine Room is the brains of the whole boat. It has watertight bulkheads on the forward and aft ends. It contains the engine, electrical system, diesel fuel, potable water, keel coolers, exhaust system, fuel manifold, and bilge pumping manifold. 

We started with an engine rebuild, then built bulkheads, then fabricated every component listed above.

Engine Rebuild
When we acquired Glacier Gem, the engine had a mystery smoke trail, oil in the cooling water, and air would develop in the keel coolers. We rebuilt the engine completely. We found that cylinder #2 had a pencil sized hole through the cylinder liner and the engine block. We completely disassembled every engine component. All gaskets, seals, cylinder liners, and piston assemblies, were replaced. 

We have a complete engine rebuild kit as part of our spare part inventory. We have the capability to rebuild the engine at sea without outside resources.

Universal Marine Sailboat Engine Rebuild
Universal Marine Engine Rebuild
Universal Marine Sailboat Engine Rebuild
Sailboat Engine

Removing the Engine

Universal Marine Engine Rebuild
Universal Marine Engine Rebuild
Universal Marine Engine Rebuild
Moving a Sailboat Engine
Universal Marine Engine Rebuild
Universal Marine Sailboat Engine Rebuild

Transferring the Engine (From the Truck to the Garage)

Universal Marine Sailboat Engine Rebuild

Disassembling the Engine

Universal Marine Sailboat Engine Rebuild
Universal Marine Sailboat Engine Rebuild
Universal Marine Sailboat Engine Rebuild
Universal Marine Sailboat Engine Rebuild
Universal Marine Sailboat Engine Rebuild
Universal Marine Sailboat Engine Rebuild
Working on an engine
Universal Marine Sailboat Engine Rebuild
Universal Marine Sailboat Engine Rebuild
Universal Marine Sailboat Engine Rebuild
Universal Marine Sailboat Engine Rebuild
Universal Marine Sailboat Engine Rebuild

Assembling the Engine

Universal Marine Sailboat Engine Rebuild
Aligning the piston markings
Universal Marine Sailboat Engine Rebuild
Universal Marine Sailboat Engine Rebuild
Universal Marine Sailboat Engine Rebuild
Universal Marine Sailboat Engine Rebuild

Making an Oilpan Gasket

Universal Marine Sailboat Engine Rebuild
Making an oilpan gasket with a ball peen hammer.
Universal Marine Sailboat Engine Rebuild

Installing the Engine

Universal Marine Sailboat Engine Rebuild
Sailboat Engine Removed
Universal Marine Sailboat Engine Rebuild
Universal Marine Sailboat Engine Rebuild

Rebuilding the Engine Room

Glacier Gem Engine Room Before
Glacier Gem Engine Room Before Rebuild
Glacier Gem Engine Room Before

Engine Room, Before

Engine Room Before. Note batteries strapped in and not in a box. Also note large exhaust baffle (hanging from the ceiling) that takes up almost half of the engine room!

Engine Room, Before

Glacier Gem Sailboat Dry Exhaust
Sailboat Engine Dry Exhaust
Glacier Gem Sailboat Dry Exhaust Conversion
Compass Binnacle Grab Rails
Sailboat Compass Binnacle

Building an exhaust riser to convert the engine to a dry exhaust system. This raises the exhaust to a minimum of 4 feet above the waterline at any heel angle. A watertight engine stop lever was added because the old one would get wet and freeze in the "on" position!

Sailboat Fuel Tank
Sailboat Fuel Manifold
Aluminum Sailboat Diesel Tank
Aluminum Sailboat Engine Room Rebuild Starboard Side.
Glacier Gem Aluminum Sailboat Engine Room
Sailboat Electrical Panel

This is a main electrical distribution and monitoring panel. It is hinged so we can access every component for maintenance or replacement.

There are four sources of power: shorepower, batteries, solar, and engine alternator. The vessel power is optimized for not being at a dock.

There are two completely separate battery banks (House and Start) with separate switches. The power distribution to each compartment is controlled from here.

The red colored switch is an alarm "arming" switch which activates automatic electric bilge pumps in each compartment, a ship general alarm, and a highwater alarm in each compartment. We have 5 automatic bilge pumps (one for each compartment), a central electric bilge pump that can pump any combination of compartments through a valve manifold, and a manual bilge pump that pumps through a valve manifold. We also have a gas powered dewatering pump. Our calculations show that we can maintain the water level with a 5 inch hole at the deepest part of the vessel.

In the photo above, on the lower left part of the electrical panel, there is a cheatsheet pouch. That pouch holds laminated sheets for troubleshooting the fuel, electrical, piping, and engine starting systems. The electrical wiring diagram for the engine room is shown at the right.

Engine Room Electrical Diagram
Sailboat Engine Room