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Old 09-30-2010, 11:14 AM   #1
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City: LaPaz ,Mexico and the Sea of Cortez
Vessel Name: Delta Swizzler
Vessel Model: 1988 58' Vantare
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 235
Took the plunge..Now what ?

<table style="width:100%;height:100%;" align="left" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td align="left" valign="top" width="100%">Took the plunge and put an offer in on the 58 Vantare.The offer was accepted and now looking to schedule the surveys. I was able to run the engines and generators and took oil samples. The sample* came back showing high level of iron which could be just from lack of use and a rust build up. But one engine (these are DD 6v92T with 1800 hours ) had sodium at higher then expected levels, which could be a coolant leak. Test indicated* Glycol at 1000 ppm and recommended oil be changed and repairs made to correct.

Not sure if these are red flags to run away or just what. All of the yard folks I've talked to say it could be minor ....or major won't know till you opened it up. Considering that bill could run $35,000-40,000 for a complete rebuilt, that is a huge bet. Considering this repo and sold as is where is, a great price seems to be a relative term. Any suggestions on how to trouble shoot the problem ? I've heard you and pressure check the coolant system. But if it leaks...I forgot what that was suppose to tell me.

This is my first walk into the diesel world, so I'm drinking from the fire hose right now. Figured I'd hold off on the hull survey till I get a better handle on the engines. Adding to my concern is if the boat was neglected and one engine has a problem ...not sure how far behind the other engine might be. Any suggestions ? Running away and trying another boat is still an option, but the rest of the boat seems very manageable.

Thanks in advance,

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