Rip It Up

My last post ended with the installation of the second oil line. Hooray the engine should now be bullet proof. I fill the motor with new oil and run her in gear for an hour or so to generally wake her from her slumber. Just as I was switching her off, I hear a screech from the warning system that indicates the engine is overheating. Strange? I check the oil level and, oh dear, there is absolutely no oil in the engine. There must be a leak and I have just pumped 1.5 liters of super new Yanmar oil into the engine compartment and bilge.

Only the best.

I talk to Kiyuna san. We do another test and sure enough as the engine runs, oil leaks out at an alarming rate. KIyuna san is abashed. He does not like to get it wrong.

He says he will fix it tomorrow afternoon. I spend the morning trying to clean out the oil and mysterious water that always gathers in the bilge. I scoop it out with half a plastic bottle. I am bent double. Accessibility is very limited. I lacerate and bruise my forearm as I force the bottle into tight spaces. It is grim, dirty work.

I fill 2 buckets. Most of the volume is water with a film of oil on top.
My Puffer Fish friend comes to cheer me up.

I snatch a quick lunch at my fish restaurant.

Deep fried chicken. OK not fish.
Butter and garlic fish

I should, of course, have left it all to KIyuna san. He bounces up and announces that he fixed the leak the previous evening. Now he insists we have to thoroughly pump out the oil and water and then scrupulously clean the engine compartment and bilge.

He produces a fantastic vacuum pump that sucks out liquid from the remotest cranny. I look at my battered forearm with dismay.

Everyone should have one of these.

He then produces a big pile of newspapers that he expertly tears into long strips. He teaches me something new. Always tear a newspaper from top to bottom to produce elegant long strips. Side to side only produces little torn patches.

He stuffs enormous quantities of newspaper strips into the bilge and the engine locker.

Booting newspaper into the bilge.
Newspapered bilge.
Rip it

Anyway, he forces a huge quantity of newspaper strips into the bilge and engine compartment. He then rubs this around for a long time, which soaks up oil, grime and moisture. The result is impeccably clean bilge and engine compartment.

Never seen it like this before.
It used to look like this.

The stern gland is exposed. It is dripping sea water at a fast rate. Next adventure, stay with us.

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3 Responses to Rip It Up

  1. Tim Hunt says:

    Can’t wait for the next installment! This is progress and no mistake.

  2. virtuallyrachelgmailcom says:

    AMAZING & Wonderful!! ~Rachel

    On Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 1:02 AM The Quiet Ripple Defines The Pond wrote:

    > spikekalashnikov posted: ” My last post ended with the installation of the > second oil line. Hooray the engine should now be bullet proof. I fill the > motor with new oil and run her in gear for an hour or so to generally wake > her from her slumber. Just as I was switching her off, ” >

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