Peter and Susan Boyadjian write that Peter had the misfortune to run INIA aground in Lake St. Francis in Quebec, on his return from the Newfoundland Flotilla trip last year. Peter took the opportunity of having the propeller opening enlarged to take a 16 x 13 three bladed prop, (replacing a 13 x 18 three bladed prop) while the pintles and gudgeons were being repaired.
The engine is an MD-11D Volvo 2 cylinder, which developed a cracked cylinder head on the Newfoundland trip, which was replaced by a new part flown from Vancouver. The work took place in St. Pierre, in the islands of St. Pierre and Miquilon Islands (French possessions just off the south coast of Newfoundland.)
While the rudder was being repaired, the engine was removed for a general check up at which time, the following was done:
1. The mechanical fuel pump was replaced by an electric pump, with a return line to the fuel tank for excess fuel, thus eliminating bleeding problems, as the pump circulates fuel when the "ignition" switch is turned on. Also, the fuel in the tank can be circulated through the filters and Racor water separator, although he uses a Topsider vacuum pump and tank to periodically vacuum the fuel tank thus preventing a buildup of sediment and water.
2. A hose and cock was secured to the engine sump oil port and brought forward to the battery compartment, where Peter can use the above mentioned vacuum tank to draw off used oil, instead of using the dipstick port. (Ed. Note: we did the same on SHEARWATER years ago, and it really cuts down on the oil change mess.)
3. Their A-37 MK-II had two sinks, one at the foot of the companionway steps. This has been removed and replaced by a solid board that acts as a firm step on the counter. The board is easily removable so that the top plug on the forward cylinder head can be removed easily by an Allen wrench and the oil replenished cleanly and easily (Ed. Note: 2 cyl. Volvo engines owners know what we are talking about), without having to struggle to get into the engine compartment to use the oil filler port.
4. The oil filter port has been modified and a hose brought forward to the top forward end of the engine, where the oil filter can be screwed and unscrewed through the forward stem/engine hatch. The new filter bracket now holds the filter upright and so avoids spillage, or the necessity of using a plastic bag when removing the filter, which previously was on its side.
5. The fuel filter has been brought forward and is located on the starboard bulkhead in the engine compartment, where it stands free of the previously intruding bracket which prevented other than Volvo filters being used, because of size differences.
The above changes leave only the water pump at the aft end of the engine, the accessibility of which was improved by the removal of the quarter berth bulkhead. (Ref. Vol. III No.2 newsletter).
Because of the increased torque of the new prop, Peter reports that great care has to be taken in going astern out of his slip.