Pilot II generator hydrolock
Because my lift was damaged during hurricane Michael, I have been forced to moor my boat in the water next to the lift. The engine exhaust ports are on the starboard side which is exposed to occasional rough weather (one mile of fetch to the south) as winter fronts pass by. I have been running the boat including the 3.5 KW Nextgen generator (brand new last June) every week to ensure no barnacles grow on the naked propeller and trim tabs. A few weeks back I found the generator would not turn over and removed the glow plug finding the suspected water exited when the unit was cranked. I have no doubt that the low rise exhaust filled as wave slapped the side of the boat during a frontal passage. And no, due to debris underwater from the destruction of my boat lift cover, I cannot safely reverse the direction of the boat. Luckily, the generator seems to be working well in the ensuing weeks indicating that I caught the problem early. Until my lift is repaired, I am keeping an ordinary sink drain plug in the exhaust and the seacock shut when the unit is not operating. There is a brightly colored cord from the plug to a red object lying in the middle of the cockpit deck to remind me of the shut condition of the cooling water circuit.
FROLIC (2005 MainShip 30 Pilot II)
Panama City area