Boat Maintenance & fuel filter change before we cross Lough Ree. Episode #16

Boat Maintenance & fuel filter change before we cross Lough Ree. Episode #16

Hello and welcome to the vlog, this week sees
us finishing up mooring our boat here in Hanley’s Marina. We’ve been here the past three years
and we’ve been very very happy with the place. and eh just before we go I thought that I
give you a tour around the marina and show you some of the facilities before we head
down river, down through Lough Ree where we’re going to keep the boat a little closer to
Athlone. At least for the winter time and that will give us a chance to do some exploring
around the Athlone area. Where by the way there are plenty good pubs! So just to give
you a look around Hanley’s there are full lift out facilities here, and JT who is the
resident mechanic here actually built this lift out trailer himself which is a testament
to his engineering skills. Now before we head off down across the lake I need to make a
few checks on the engines I want to check the filters to ensure everything is in tip
top condition. Now so midway between the helm outside and the engines which are down under
the floor there there are two grease nipples and what these do is they go into the throttle
and gear leaver cables at about the mid point. Eh they allow me to put grease in there and
thus extends the life of the cables. People put these on and they’re pulling and hauling
and they wont come off, you heard that one click in that time. I’ll pump away on that
now, you can hear the grease coming out. That’s grand so, and if I try to remove that it’s
completely stuck, if you just, a slight angle, put it down there and a bit of a twist and
that comes off without any problem at all. So welcome to the Driftwood bilge you’re looking
kind of forward in the boat that’s the starboard engine and that’s the port engine, or as we
like to call them the right hand side and the left hand side. These are two weed traps
this is where water is taken in from the river it goes through these weed traps, catches
any weed and then it goes to the heat exchanger. So to check the oil levels and I like to check
the oil kind of anytime I’m going out on a reasonably long trip. Maybe, I’d probably
check them every week or two weeks. Just wipe that it clean and insert it back in again,
ensure it’s down all the way then, it’s always good to have the tissue paper there to catch
i. I check to make sure that it’s between the maximum and minimum lines. Another good
trick to do is, I need clean kitchen paper for this, is to get a bit of oil on your fingers
rub it like that and wipe it clean on a piece of paper. And if your fingers aren’t oil stained
with black then your oil doesn’t need to be changed. How true that is I not sure but I
was told it by a mechanic type person. It kind of would make a bit of sense because
the black in the oil is carbon that has built up where as if it wipes clean like that not
enough carbon has built up to warrant a change. Now I’ll just get the other side. It’s handy
that you can just sit between the two engines here working away, and I’ll check that other
one and I’m sure if the oil in one engine is, is clean, just give that a wipe, see what
my fingers are like at the end of it. look at that, grand that oil doesn’t need to be
changed. Which is just as well because It takes, eh 27 or 28 liters per engine that’s
a lot of oil they take and quite an expensive job to change the oil on this. You have two
big 25 Lt containers, not quite enough, you have to buy a 3rd one. So I don’t like to
change the oil unless I absolutely have to do it. So the oil is good, right level and
doesn’t need to be changed. I know the weed traps are empty we haven’t gone up any canals
or anything like that, I’m not going to open them up at this stage because if I did I’d
only run the risk of not sealing them up properly, and actually the seals on them are not great
and if they suck in air they won’t suck in any water. So we going to take the boat in
a day or two, we were going to go today but we’ve kind of put it off because the weather
has turned bad and were going to head down to Athlone that means going down the full
length of Lough Ree and I want to doubly check everything on the engine because the forecast
is not good there’s a lot of wind forecast so I suspect that I’ll be going down (excuse
me) on my own, just me and you, you can keep me company, Marion will go ahead in the car,
and eh I want to make sure that nothing breaks down on the way. I have my spare fan belts,
that’s Marion there in the background saying she’s sure not going to be going down. So
we’ll see, hopefully everything will be good. We’ve a new fan belt on this engine just checked
the one on em the right hand engine the starboard engine as naughty people call them, nautical
types and er that seems okay. So it all looks like we’ll be good to go. Just keep your fingers
crossed that the wind doesn’t get up too high. Well guys welcome once again to the bilge.
So this guy here is a fuel filter and that’s what we’re going to look at now in a second.
I’ll show you something else first, so guys this is the bottom of the fuel tank we’re
looking at. And that little fella there if I can point at it without causing a shadow
is a little drain plug. And what I’m going to do is drain a wee bit of diesel out of
the bottom of the tank. There’s… this is the lowest point of the tank and it’s deliberately
designed so and the idea being that way water debris or anything like that would catch down
here. That’s the first defense in trying to keep the diesel clean. Make sure not to loose
that, that’s an important bit. I’ve a wee bottle here. Look at the dirt coming out there
now that’s mucky and pretty quickly it turns very clean. Good, run off about half a liter.
Hey guys so now it’s on to the really exciting bit this changing the fuel filter. The first
thing I do is I reach in here there is a wee tap that isolates the fuel supply. Now I’ve
speed this up here otherwise you’d be watching me changing a fuel filter for the next forty
minutes. The whole thin I think with diesel engines is about hygiene and cleanliness.
The need clean air, clean oil and clean diesel. Em and a blocked diesel filter or dirty oil,
dirty diesel I should say is the one thing that will actuality bring a diesel engine
to a halt. It’s about the only thing that will stop a diesel engine they say that once
a diesel is getting, eh a diesel engine is getting compression and it’s getting diesel
it almost cannot stop. In fact when you turn off the ignition what that does is it turns
of a little, it turns a little switch in the fuel pump which in turn starves the engine
of diesel and that brings it to a halt. So I’m just changing the O rings now they come
with the new filter. It’s a good idea to change them. Working in the bilge here as you can
see it is quite cramped. And every year as I get a bit older it gets a bit more awkward
so what I’ve come to do lately is I have notes made and I know that when I get in there I
need three spanners, apparently I need a size 10, an 11 and a 14 so I bring down those three
spanners because there’s nothing worse that getting in starting a job and realizing that
you have to crawl all the way back out again to get a spanner and then you get the wrong
size and the whole thing can be torturous. So here you can see that we’re filling the
fuel filter up now with diesel again. And you’ll see it come out the top. And once you
get diesel coming out the top without any bubbles you shouldn’t have any air in the
system. You may have to bleed it at the pump but hopefully I wont have to. Fuel filter
finished. The only snag is this boat has two engines so now I have do the exact same on
the other engine. I’ll save you eh the torture of watching that. The only other thing I’ve
to do is just go round it all with kitchen paper so that I’ll know if there’s diesel
leeks in it. Just get it all nice and dry and quickly enough you’ll spot if there’s
a leak. I think we really should get a milk jug Harry. It would look a bit better. I think
everybody will agree with me a milk jug… Doesn’t it taste better out of ah a carton.
Well we had a milk jug but it didn’t last it got broken. Hopefully in a day or two we’ll
take the boat down, but as I say the wind really is up at the moment. [Marion] and I
will not be going. It looks like just at the moment it’s going to be you and me so I’ll
need you for company. Well I’ll be having the tea. I’ll have p[plenty cameras on and
Mar is going to bring the car down. We’ll see what the weather is like we could, we
could be lucky we could get a break but in it but what is happening is that yet another
hurricane is coming across the Atlantic and America gets the hurricanes and we seem to
get the tail end of the hurricane./ We normally say in Ireland that the weather is nice between
the showers this year we’ve been saying the weather’s nice between the hurricanes. Because
I think we got three of them this year. Ye, ye well I know that the forecast is pretty
bad and there giving a yellow warning for wind and rain. Ye so there’s nothing worse
than yellow rain. Yellow… wa … yellow warning, well yellow wind and rain warning.
Ye yellow rain, you should always be warned about it. We’ll talk to you shortly. This
is what I put up with! Cheerio. Good by. Well guys that’s it for this week I’m afraid. Don’t
forget to join us next week when we’ll head off down Lough Ree. And if this is your first
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4 thoughts on “Boat Maintenance & fuel filter change before we cross Lough Ree. Episode #16

  • September 29, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Very informative. I am sure that a serviced boat engine coupled with a good skipper will get the boat safely to the other side of the river. Can't wait to see what the river along Athlone has to offer.

  • September 30, 2017 at 12:29 am

    great video harry, its a nice change to cruising, breaks your vlogs up, poor marian not able for the chop.

  • September 30, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Excellent. I love a bit of engine maintenance. PS no, you don't need a milk jug 🙂

  • August 24, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Just picked my 1st boat up today 1973 freeman, went thru abbot lock moored in carrick, was tricky docking at carrick jetty, i perforned a captain ron manuver and ended up starboard side bow facing down the walk way, had to walk around to face bow out towards the river, strong wind and current hit me fast but no damages lol


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