Repower Complete! New Engines in!

Engines are in and repower complete! The past week has been non-stop hard work for both of us but it has finally paid off and we’re out enjoying the amazing new engines and running them hard to properly break them in. We came out on the slipway (railway) for four days and used our boom crane to pull the old engines and lower in the new ones. We have brand new saildrives and every single hose going into or out of the engines is brand new. We even ran all new fuel lines and put in a new filtration system at the tank. I’ll let the pictures below tell the story. Look for an video in the next day or two of our first trial run and tour of the beautiful new engines!
We’re headed to the Waitangi Day celebrations today to soak in some Kiwi culture. It’s a big deal as this is where the treaty between the local Maori tribes and the British Crown was signed back in 1840. Dances. war canoes, band performances, marches, food and fun. 
Cheers from aboard the refit QUIXOTIC!
Hauling out on just the keels was a stressful experience!

Hauling out on just the keels was a stressful experience!

The hull was completely covered in barnacles despite having 6 month new Micron 66 on the bottom

The hull was completely covered in barnacles despite having 6 month new Micron 66 on the bottom

Signing for the new engines!

Signing for the new engines!

They're here!

They’re here!

The tractor brought them right below QUIXOTIC and within reach of our boom crane

The tractor brought them right below QUIXOTIC and within reach of our boom crane

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Out with the old!

Out with the old!

Our boom crane coming in extremely handy

Our boom crane coming in extremely handy

Engine room sans engine and saildrive

Engine room sans engine and saildrive

oooooo, ahhhhh, new saildrives!

oooooo, ahhhhh, new saildrives!

First glance at the new engines

First glance at the new engines

How often so you get to sit between 4 Yanamr engines!

How often so you get to sit between 4 Yanamr engines!

Turning our backs on the old stubborn blocks and looking towards the future!

Turning our backs on the old stubborn blocks and looking towards the future!

Chris from Privateer helping guide the new engine in

Chris from Privateer helping guide the new engine in

Guiding the new block down into the starboard engine room

Guiding the new block down into the starboard engine room

Mermaid and her art projects

Mermaid and her art projects

New engine bolted down and ready for wiring and hoses

New engine bolted down and ready for wiring and hoses

The cradle we came out on. It was a railway

The cradle we came out on. It was a railway

Balanced perfectly on her keel alone

Balanced perfectly on her keel alone

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View from the new dinghy as QUIXOTIC is lowered back into the water

View from the new dinghy as QUIXOTIC is lowered back into the water

Strapped dinghy's to the side to guide her back into her slip for final prep before firing the new engines up

Strapped dinghy’s to the side to guide her back into her slip for final prep before firing the new engines up

New starboard engine hooked up and ready for service

New starboard engine hooked up and ready for service

New port engine hooked up and ready for service

New port engine hooked up and ready for service

5 Comments

  1. Pamela Fives's Gravatar Pamela Fives
    February 6, 2017    

    Hi Kids… WOW!!! You are so busy and really getting things done… What a beautiful boat. Love to both of you… Hugs, GrandmaMama

  2. Mike's Gravatar Mike
    February 7, 2017    

    Great blog and pics. What engines did you install? 3YM30? Looks like they’re not the common rail types…

    • February 7, 2017    

      Thanks, Mike. We installed new Yanmar 3YM30AE engines. They have a 3,200 WOT instead of the 3,600 on the previous version 3YM’s. We also installed new SD25 saildrives, which are exactly the same as the SD20 but with a few improvements on paint/finishes. So far extremely happy with the results!

  3. Bob Pearson & Rabbit's Gravatar Bob Pearson & Rabbit
    February 7, 2017    

    We’re totally impressed with your decision to re-power at this time, and blown away to see that you two can do the change out yourselves! The boat looks fabulous and the install looks professional. Full kudos! We’ll hoist a toast to you
    on the Lido Deck at sundown today!

    Bob & the Rabbit

    • February 7, 2017    

      Thanks Cap! You’d be proud of the install. A toast to you as well! Cheers!

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