I launched my new-to-me boat on March 27. Same day, I called the local Yanmar certified shop to arrange for some much-needed preventive maintenance. I've called him several times over the weeks and he kept re-assuring him that they'll get to me, "probably next week." After a month of this, I got a referral to another guy from the marina office. I called him 2 weeks ago and left a message. No response.
As far as I can tell from looking at the service records, this boat hasn't been serviced (or used much) in over two years. I want to get the fluids and filters changed, the engine zincs checked/replaced, etc. I also want to have the aftercooler pulled and inspected/cleaned. I really don't want to use the boat until I get this stuff done, though I've made 2 short trips in it: From the launch site across the bay to the marina, and one 5 mile round trip to the beach when we had out-of-town guests.
So, I'm thinking about doing the PM stuff myself, and worry about the aftercooler later. Reasonable? I have average mechanical skills and have done most of the PM on prior boats I've owned. But this boat is entirely new to me and I've never owned or even touched a diesel in my life. Would I be biting off more than I can chew?
What could go wrong, right???
Better yet, anybody know a good, reliable, and AVAILABLE marine diesel mechanic in the Panama City area?