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Old 05-20-2015, 04:29 PM   #21
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Greetings,
Mr. BB. Lauderdale to Nassau in a 40 year old tractor? Now THAT'S impressive. So much so I'm not even going to ask about your anchor...

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Old 05-20-2015, 05:56 PM   #22
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Mr. BB. Lauderdale to Nassau in a 40 year old tractor? Now THAT'S impressive. So much so I'm not even going to ask about your anchor...

Well, we didn't anchor on the way, but to go with a tractor a huge metal bucket filled with concrete might make sense. Maybe several of them.
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Old 05-20-2015, 06:01 PM   #23
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Wow, I thought I used my boats a lot :-) 3,000 hours close to 60 hours a week.
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Old 05-20-2015, 06:27 PM   #24
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Wow, I thought I used my boats a lot :-) 3,000 hours close to 60 hours a week.
The next few months will probably be a little lighter pace. But in the last year it's included a trip to Alaska, a trip from the state of Washington to Fort Lauderdale, two or three trips around Seattle, a detour to Grand Cayman and Jamaica, three trips to the Bahamas (working from memory now) many trips to Miami, West Palm, Key West, a trip to Myrtle Beach, the Florida loop, a couple of runs up the Florida east coast.

When we still worked full time and lived on the lake, just had a runabout, we put about 400 hours a year on our boat and that shocked the dealer. But when we weren't working and it was daytime, we were out on the lake.
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BandB, that's a great year :-) I like the quote of Ferry Porshe "Our cars are meant to driven. Not polished".
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We bought Pioneer with 18,000 hrs on the engine in 2004. It's a 1980 Cat 3406B which was burning 4 liters of oil a day as a commercial vessel (sump holds 34 liters).
As part of the deal, the vendor did a total rebuild, discovering in the process that all the rings were broken.
As a lobster boat, the engine had a busy life with lot's of idling pulling pots and fast runs to and from the shore. We've now done 1200 hours in ten years - about average in our waters - burns no oil and runs perfectly. We change the oil and filters every June and I've changed the raw-water impeller once in ten years. The HE gets cleaned with vinegar every two years. Aftercooler is jacket water cooled and I've cleaned the air side once with Brakleen.
I'm 64, so I expect this engine to easily see me out....
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For a second I thought you were going to say 80,000 hours, Larry.
I wish I could live and enjoy cruising so long.
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Old 05-20-2015, 08:15 PM   #28
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Wow, I thought I used my boats a lot :-) 3,000 hours close to 60 hours a week.
I apologize but I just double checked the number. The travels I listed are correct, but the 60 hours a week didn't make sense to me either. The actual number from April 29, 2014 to June 2, 2015 was 1,333.7 hours.

A lot, but not 3,000. So about 100 hours a month. That makes a lot more sense. Sorry about that. My wife said to tell all that she will punish me for that.
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BandB, that's a great year :-) I like the quote of Ferry Porshe "Our cars are meant to driven. Not polished".
Wifey B: Ferry Porsche wouldn't be so pleased with me then as I put less than 4,000 miles a year on my Porsche. Let's see...how many hours would that be. Well, a lot of around town but the real miles come from like one trip to NC and SC a year. So maybe 80 hours, you think. Hate to tell him but we like boats a whole whole whole whole lot more than cars. We spend far more time on boats than in cars.
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We bought Pioneer with 18,000 hrs on the engine in 2004. It's a 1980 Cat 3406B which was burning 4 liters of oil a day as a commercial vessel (sump holds 34 liters).
As part of the deal, the vendor did a total rebuild, discovering in the process that all the rings were broken.
As a lobster boat, the engine had a busy life with lot's of idling pulling pots and fast runs to and from the shore. We've now done 1200 hours in ten years - about average in our waters - burns no oil and runs perfectly. We change the oil and filters every June and I've changed the raw-water impeller once in ten years. The HE gets cleaned with vinegar every two years. Aftercooler is jacket water cooled and I've cleaned the air side once with Brakleen.
I'm 64, so I expect this engine to easily see me out....
That 3406 is an awesome machine. Nice to see such good results.
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I also put more miles on the boat than the car last year. Boat Tampa to the Keys to Boston and back with side trips. But only put 712 hours on the boat and the boat got a lot more polish :-). I would like to cruise Alaska someday :-) I'll need a bigger boat.
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I also put more miles on the boat than the car last year. Boat Tampa to the Keys to Boston and back with side trips. But only put 712 hours on the boat and the boat got a lot more polish :-). I would like to cruise Alaska someday :-) I'll need a bigger boat.
Imagine if instead of hours on the engine we actually start counting hours on the boat vs hours in the car.
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Old 05-20-2015, 11:05 PM   #33
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When one is working, it can limit the amount of hours put on a cruising boat. We spend far more time on our PNW boat than we put hours on it because we go up to it most weekends during the year and stay on it for one or both days even if we don't take it out.

While we take as many weekend trips into the islands as we can, my travel schedule, the weather, and other things have a habit of getting in the way. Right now we can only take one longer cruise a year, usually two or three weeks, assuming we haven't decided to do something else (like spend a month in France as was did last year or take a long narrowboat trip in the UK as we will do again in 2017.)

However.... when it comes to putting miles on our vehicles that's a different story. For us, me in particular, the journey is far more interesting than the destination be it in the boats, plane, or vehicles. In 2011 we got a new Subaru. Two years later it passed 60,000 miles almost all of it driven by my wife.

In 2013 we got a new truck. It has now got just shy of 50,000 miles on it. We spend as much time as we can, by boat, plane or vehicle, in British Columbia. BC is the main reason I left Hawaii way back when.

We hope to eventually be able to spend a lot more time going places on the water, both here and in Europe, than we are able to do today. In the meantime we try to stay "on the move" as much as we possibly can by any means that we can.

Except hiking. If God had meant man to go hiking He wouldn't have invented horses.
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I wish I could live and enjoy cruising so long.
I sincerely hope you do!

Boy, I feel like schlub. I only manage to put around 100 hours a year on mine. I do take some comfort in the fact that when I bought her, she had only averaged 33 hours a year. So she's getting more exercise than ever! We'll have biceps in no time.
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The actual number from April 29, 2014 to June 2, 2015 was 1,333.7 hours.
Um, "was" doesn't seem the correct tense for a period that ends almost 2 weeks in the future. 😀
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Um, "was" doesn't seem the correct tense for a period that ends almost 2 weeks in the future. 😀
No it doesn't. It was May 2. I obviously wasn't at peak alertness when pulling that information. That means just over 12 months, not 13.
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Our engines will all last a lot longer if we can refrain from starting them unnecessarily in the off season. Nothing speeds the wear on bearings and cylinder walls faster than cold starts. If it is necessary to run your engine in the cold season, let it get hot. No idling at the dock, take it out, put it under a good load, wait for the temp to rise and let it stay up for 1/2 hour. That will boil off some of the condensation that will have invaded the oil, taking with it some of the harm that otherwise would hurt the engine on the next cold start.
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Old 05-24-2015, 07:42 AM   #39
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Most engine builders will have storage procedures , long and detailed, in the SERVICE manual, not the owners or operators flyer.

If the boat is in unfrozen water a monthly outing is a great way to keep the engine functioning.

As Koliver points out ideling at the dock is a killer , only a good long hard run is worth the effort.

When you get in the habbit , it becomes a great way to spend a nice winter day.

A block pre heater , the night before , will cut down on any cols starting hassles.
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in the off season. .
Wifey B: These words "off season." Someone explain? Sound obscene? Are they profanity?
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