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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.
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.
Removing the Engine
Transferring the Engine (From the Truck to the Garage)
Disassembling the Engine
Assembling the Engine
Making an Oilpan Gasket
Installing the Engine
Rebuilding the Engine Room
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
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!
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.
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