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Old 08-29-2016, 02:20 PM   #1
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Not a place for mature, plump people

After spending three days in the engine room of my new/old Cheer Men PT38, freeing up thru hull valves, installing a new diverter valve and making a new battery box cover; I came to the conclusion that they designed and placed the above items to be an uncomfortable challenge to older, plumper gentlemen. (not such a gentleman at the end of day three)
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Old 08-29-2016, 02:22 PM   #2
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I had the same problem with the last boat, not so much the current one. Add in the heat!

So much so that I never went down there to do anything without having my cell phone with me just in case.
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Old 08-29-2016, 02:24 PM   #3
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I forgot to mention the heat in NC this past week as well as no knee pads the first day! Live and Learn
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Old 08-29-2016, 03:02 PM   #4
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Old 08-29-2016, 03:13 PM   #5
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I forgot to mention the heat in NC this past week as well as no knee pads the first day! Live and Learn
I bought 2 roofer's pads from HD. I can't live without dem! How about being in a contorted position for a length of time then trying to get out and up! (lying sideways in a slightly downward position with one leg on the overhead to steady yourself while working on the genny!)
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Old 08-29-2016, 03:13 PM   #6
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Agree. Not an endearing place in which to hang out! On my list for the boat's ER is:
*Replacing all that diamond plate-covered plywood with new smooth, stiff plywood, including lids for the shower and bilge sumps.
*Adding indoor-outdoor carpet on Enka-drain or similar for a vented pad.
*Resupporting the house battery bank.
*Stiffer lid over the battery bank.
*Stairs/ladder.
*Better lighting.
*110v convenience receptacle.

Then maybe grovelling will be less of a physical torment, and more work can be done.
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Ahhhh.... it is so nice to share the pain... aspirin anyone?
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Old 08-29-2016, 04:07 PM   #8
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One of the things that sold me on mine was the 6ft headroom and walk around space


A plastic milk crate is the perfect seat and height for working on anything in the bottom half and standing for the top half.
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Simi, what are those stringers under the fuel tanks made of?
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I've gotten to the point of lifting a floor hatch just so I don't have to crawl thru the door under the stairs. Got to check a/c stainers weekly.
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Old 08-29-2016, 04:19 PM   #11
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Simi, what are those stringers under the fuel tanks made of?
Timber like the rest of the boat. Probably spotted gum.
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I can't imagine working in some ERs--even on a nice, cool day.



A couple weekends ago, I was working in mine on a blistering day -- it's still shrink wrapped on the hard -- and was staying hydrated and "cooled off" with fans. I finally realized I was getting light-headed and immediately left the boat. It was 98F outside but I felt decidedly cooler as I stepped outside.

Never again!
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Old 08-29-2016, 04:38 PM   #13
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Simi 60 and Angus99,
I have severe engine room envy!!! I was going to suggest bringing one or more fans down there with you. It makes a world of difference. Also, if you can have someone outside to hand you tools, parts, cold beers, etc., things go better. That said, I almost always end up doing this stuff solo, so lots of trips in and out of the engine room.


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Old 08-29-2016, 04:48 PM   #14
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I can't imagine working in some ERs--even on a nice, cool day.
That on a DeFever 44? Seems quite spacious.
Or is the garbage bin/kitchen tidy indicative of engine room height?

Near me at present is this vessel.

The mech. who worked on mine a cupla days back works on their engines and says the engine room is airconditioned
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Simi 60 and Angus99,
I have severe engine room envy!!! I was going to suggest bringing one or more fans down there with you. It makes a world of difference. Also, if you can have someone outside to hand you tools, parts, cold beers, etc., things go better. That said, I almost always end up doing this stuff solo, so lots of trips in and out of the engine room.
Yeah, I usually am alone as well. My wife always says she will go help me on the boat but usually when it comes time to do it, she seems to have other things that have to be taken care of right about then...
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This is my new engine mechanic. She has no problem getting around in tight spaces. 😎

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Old 08-29-2016, 09:22 PM   #18
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Have been finishing some odd and ends in the engine room this summer. My trick for making it more comfortable is to open the hatches in the saloon and set the AC down to 70 degrees. then I go visit one of the live aboard neighbors for an hour. Come back to a cool dehumidified engine room. Makes work much more tolerable.

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That on a DeFever 44? Seems quite spacious.
Or is the garbage bin/kitchen tidy indicative of engine room height?
It's spacious compared to some. 5'7" headroom forward; slightly less as you move aft. Removing the hatches in the salon increases headroom to about 12 feet .

I also relocated the battery banks that were outboard of the Lehmans to give full engine access.





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That's one heck of a battery bank, nice.
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