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Old 06-22-2020, 09:47 PM   #1
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Question Ruthless Marine Engine Surveyor needed in Santa Barbara or Ventura, CA.

Hi. I made an expensive error by not hiring a thorough mechanic for the mechanical survey for my last boat purchase. Could anyone provide me of an engine surveyor who will do a quality survey and a sea trial for a couple old diesels and an 8k generator? The boat is located in Santa Barbara and will be hauled out in Ventura.
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Old 06-23-2020, 06:00 AM   #2
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The usual best bet is the local company that actually services that brand of engine.

Not the local DD dealer to check a Cat.

You might also ask at the local commercial fish boat service yard .

Few areas have enough white boats to have a specialist for a marine (except IO or outboard) engines.

IF you can not locate anyone at all, a simple check is to start with a dead cold engine , get ready to leave the dock, start the engine and observe the white smoke.

Leave the dock right away at modest RPM and see what temp the white smoke clears.

This should find a low compression engine if it takes 140f or more to clean up.
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SBar Marine (Tony Athens) out of Oxnard can provide a good reference.
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Hi. I made an expensive error by not hiring a thorough mechanic for the mechanical survey for my last boat purchase. Could anyone provide me of an engine surveyor who will do a quality survey and a sea trial for a couple old diesels and an 8k generator? The boat is located in Santa Barbara and will be hauled out in Ventura.
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I'd start with the local factory certified dealer for the brand of equipment in question.
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Steve @ Gold Coast Marine in Oxnard. Good with Ford Lehman and older diesels.

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Sorry. The engines are FL 135's.
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Steve @ Gold Coast Marine in Oxnard. Good with Ford Lehman and older diesels.

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He says he is too busy.
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I am not surprised
Try Ross Hubbard in Oxnard



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He is busy too. But he did say he would call me if he has a cancellation.
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He is busy too. But he did say he would call me if he has a cancellation.
Now nine days later, have you had any luck?
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No. Not really. Supposedly the broker 'has a guy' that will do the engine survey. We will see. The boat survey is scheduled for next week along with the rig survey. I have purchased my own oil sample kits and was advised by my mechanic to look carefully all around the head gasket for water leaks while each engine is under full load.
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The engines are FL 135's., was advised by my mechanic to look carefully all around the head gasket for water leaks while each engine is under full load.

These engines are almost never operated at full load.

I would take care and watch the engine temps at full load , and only operate at full load for a short period of time , perhaps 2-3 min.

With the usual low power trawler operation service life can be 8,000 hours , but not at full tilt.
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How many hours on those F.L.s ?

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Sorry. The engines are FL 135's.
I'd call Brian at ADC and talk to him about what to look for. Make accurate notes.
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The engines are FL 135's., was advised by my mechanic to look carefully all around the head gasket for water leaks while each engine is under full load.

These engines are almost never operated at full load.

I would take care and watch the engine temps at full load , and only operate at full load for a short period of time , perhaps 2-3 min.

With the usual low power trawler operation service life can be 8,000 hours , but not at full tilt.

I am asking for them to be run at full tilt for 10 minutes each and the head gaskets will be inspected at that time.
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Are you asking them to survey 3 engines for the price of one?
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How many hours on those F.L.s ?

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2000 on one engine; 2400 on the other that has the hydraulic pump.
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Are you asking them to survey 3 engines for the price of one?

No. What gave you that impression?
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No. Not really. Supposedly the broker 'has a guy' that will do the engine survey. We will see. The boat survey is scheduled for next week along with the rig survey. I have purchased my own oil sample kits and was advised by my mechanic to look carefully all around the head gasket for water leaks while each engine is under full load.
Just general rule, never to use the broker's guy.
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Just general rule, never to use the broker's guy.

I know. But I dont seem to have a choice. Everyone I call says they are 2 to 4 months out.



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