The Boatist

Sailboat Ownership, Translation Work and Tales of Minor Adventure

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Furnishing 3 homes and work has kept me in a frenzy of activity lately, but I decided to visit the boat anyway.

The photograph depicts the morning's results (that's the port's lifeboat in the background).
Rattling transmission
Old transmission oil (mixed with diesel), cleaning fluid and garbage
First, I gave a translation the final reading and sent it off.

After that I ran the engine in gear for 10 minutes to stir and warm up the transmission oil.

Now, here's the tricky part. I read somewhere on the Internet that if you drained the oil, then added 1 litre of diesel and shifted the transmission back and forth at idle revs, it would clean out the gunk and you'd be all set again.

I was a little hesitant running the transmission filled with diesel - I mean, how much lubrication does that provide. But then, what did I have to lose?

Step 1: I poured the diesel in and started shifting, per instructions. Surprisingly, I got the old "clunk" noise back and better shifting action. I felt a ripple of pleasure and hoped for a miracle.

Step 2: Stopped the engine, drained the diesel and poured new type A automatic transmission oil into the old Hurth.

Step 3: Fired her up and it seemed to work better, but not as good as when filled with diesel. OK, but how far could you motor with a transmission full of diesel? I'd say about 2 or 3 miles.

On another note, I was told that the sailboat Sirius that collided with Jakatar a few months ago nearly hit me again. The owner is one of those "gun the engine" and hope for the best type of skippers. He lost his rudder again in the middle of the port and was towed to the outer side of the transient pontoon.
I heard he's leaving for Nazaré, what a relief.

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