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Old 10-14-2013, 08:23 AM   #41
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We've used a combination of Simple Green, Dawn dish soap, and a bathroom cleaner called Kaboom (the foamy version).

The latter is most aggressive, but it eventually gets up enough crud so the lesser cleaners will work if still necessary. It's fume-y, and also you need to get it up with rags or an old-fashioned string mop head; not so great to pump it overboard. Works really well, though.

Toothbrush can work in some places; others need a rag guided by a flat blade screwdriver.

You might be able to get a mop head under the engines, using an adjustable extension pole. If so, spray Kaboom under there, let it work (turns white), then mop it out. Repeat as required.

Painting stuff (after cleaning) makes it much easier to discover new issues, should something arise.

Once clean, white absorbent "diapers" under the engines have been sufficient for us; more of a tell-tale than anything else, assuming no subsequent spills.

Ziplock bag around filters when you change them.

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Old 10-14-2013, 08:46 AM   #42
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Main things I need to do:
1. Scrape and clean under the engine.
2. Clean the actual engine.
3. Clean my stringers.
4. Paint my storage floor boards.
5. Tidy up wires from PO. A few loose wires need this.
6. How to clean/improve those press-board panels? (What do you call them?)
7. Fab some kind of removable tray to catch drippings under the engine.

Quite a bit of atomized oil around the E-room to wipe down. Might also do some bilge paint in various areas, but need to degrease first.
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:45 AM   #43
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Wouldn't Dawn work too?
Soap used for washing dishes makes bubbles galore, and doesn't rinse off easy.

Soap made for a dishwasher makes zero bubbles, and rinses off really easy.

We have also found that dishwasher soap cuts diesel better than anything else.

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Old 10-14-2013, 10:52 AM   #44
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Ahhh... Good point. Thanks.
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Old 10-15-2013, 06:35 AM   #45
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>Soap made for a dishwasher makes zero bubbles, and rinses off really easy.<
Basically this is TSP.

In areas where the water police do not allow the sale of TSP at the hardware store , machine dish washing soap is the choice.
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:14 AM   #46
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Basically this is TSP.

In areas where the water police do not allow the sale of TSP at the hardware store , machine dish washing soap is the choice.
My next task. I'm starting to scout Cascade now...

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Old 10-15-2013, 09:21 PM   #47
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1. Cleaned most of engine room.
2. Repaired broken engine temperature gage.
3. Verified gen set works after fuel filter change.
4. Fixed captains chair.
5. Bought beer.
6. Drank some of it.
7. Put diaper under engine

Some painting and vacuuming to do still. And I need a butt load more mechanics wipes, but so much done and learned. Looks like I need new starter batteries for gen set, but the learning continues...

Nothing like messing around in boats...
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Old 10-16-2013, 02:16 PM   #48
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Looks like I need new starter batteries for gen set,

Try to install one large enough to start your main engine. A Series 31 will usually do.

PIA to have to grab it , move it and stick it in as a start , but better than,,,,,,,,DEAD IN THE WATER.
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Looks like I need new starter batteries for gen set,

Try to install one large enough to start your main engine. A Series 31 will usually do.

PIA to have to grab it , move it and stick it in as a start , but better than,,,,,,,,DEAD IN THE WATER.
That's the way mine is. One batt to start both. I would like to have a dedicated one for the genset to keep its system isolated, but NextGen generators don't have a charging system on them. Still, it doesn't take much time or power to start either of them (now), so the DuoCharge easily tops the start battery up while we are underway.
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Old 10-16-2013, 02:48 PM   #50
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PIA to have to grab it , move it and stick it in as a start , but better than,,,,,,,,DEAD IN THE WATER.
I got three battery banks - starter, house, and genset, which are switched in case one is bad. I started the genset off the house batteries using the switch.

But also - I changed the fuel filter on the generator without incident. Ha.

Just got to get my genset batteries out of the shower sump. (They're raised, but still).
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Just got to get my genset batteries out of the shower sump. (They're raised, but still).
It's about the weirdest thing I have seen on a boat (not like I am an expert or nuttin')

One thing RickB instilled in me when he consulted on a couple of my projects is that: Simpler is better. Less things to break and fewer single-points-of-failure. Admittedly, I didn't totally follow his advice, but the jist of it sunk in.

One battery to start the power plants and one large-ish house bank. You anchor out a lot, so you might want to spend some dough on good batteries when the time comes.
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Old 10-16-2013, 07:44 PM   #52
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It's about the weirdest thing I have seen on a boat (not like I am an expert or nuttin')
You know as much as you compliment me on cabin space, I lose it in engine room space. You out-space me there. That's partly why mine feels like so much more of a cramped area. Plus my gen-set is inconveniently located. Plus I got extra batteries.

Last night on bilge-grime duty I noticed mostly my batteries aren't badly located to port, but I could rearrange them better. I need better access to my wiring and starter on the left of the engine. I need to freshen up my wiring and wire-brush and repaint on that side pretty desperately.

My work overalls really save me alot of hose-clamp scrapes, I noticed. Love to work in the ER when it's not 95 out.
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Old 10-16-2013, 11:41 PM   #53
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Had a very minor oil leak and found it to be blow-by oil which dripped into the pan under the engine. Had a recovery system installed: the top of the system's oil filter (black, round top, red "button") located at the back end of the engine.

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Probably caused by the recoil of the cannon...............
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which are switched in case one is bad
Depending on the amp draw of the main engine starter this is not an option for most rotary switches.
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Actually Fred, I experienced a runaway starter on several occasions. I would say you really *should* have a switch in-line to the starter. I have this one:

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Old 10-18-2013, 05:59 AM   #57
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AHH the dreaded no starter cut out!!

>Up to 600 Amps continuous rating for large diesel engines.<

Maybe big enough , maybe not.

A switch is a good idea as a starter spun by the engine can easily put over 100V to any circuit it can see.
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:40 AM   #58
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Had a very minor oil leak and found it to be blow-by oil which dripped into the pan under the engine. Had a recovery system installed:
Mark: Whos recovery system did you use?
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Actually Fred, I experienced a runaway starter on several occasions. I would say you really *should* have a switch in-line to the starter. I have this one:

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Tom B:

Where did you locate your switch ? At the battery, starter, or other location ? Photo ?

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I brought all three switches up into the cabin (as recommended by the experts here for easy access in an emergency) under the bottom stair to the portside door. The battery bank/tray is located just underneath this in the engine room. Maybe one foot or less. Made a little box out of King Starboard and drilled a pretty good size hole under the step and lined it with foam to prevent chaffing the wires. Hang on... I think I have pics.
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