Saturday, May 4: Gorge Harbour
The sunshine and Lasqueti nudists not only caused us to overheat, but also the engine manifold and stabilizers got hot too! Yesterday the manifold was reading 167F while the engine was a steady 161F. The engine temp is normal and has been 161F since commissioning. The manifold probably shouldn’t be higher than the engine temp. Alex got to thinking that maybe the engine’s raw water pump impeller was marginal and causing insufficient flow to cool the both the engine and the exhaust. So before pulling anchor and leaving nudist-land, Alex decided to replace the impeller with the spare. These big engine pumps have big impellers which can be difficult to replace. If we couldn't get it replaced, we might have to stay yet another day at Lasqueti. …….Sadly it all went well and we were on our way by 8AM.
|Main engine raw water pump impeller compressed to fit into pump case.|
|The SeaMax pump impeller has a threaded shaft to make it easy to remove and install replacements.|
|It's the black pump (cylinder shape below the silver tank) that needed rewiring.|
|Sisters Island in the middle of the Georgia Strait provides vital weather info for boaters.|
|At the dock in Gorge.|