A Christmas Repower
Down east, it isn’t often we get a request to repower a vessel in the winter months but that is what we did in December for a client with a tight schedule.
Our client approached us on November 14th for an estimate to install a Beta 60 in his 24 foot cape island style work boat.
Engine delivery date was critical to the project. Working closely with Beta Marine Canada and the Beta Marine plant in the UK, we were able to meet the project time line.
The engine was customs-cleared at Halifax International on Sunday December 22nd. The boat was hauled out at Stevens Boatworks the following day and the existing Yanmar 3GM30 disconnected and lifted off the engine bed.
A custom built lifting frame of 4 x4’s and ‘I’ beam with trolley and chain block enabled the engine to be lifted, moved to the starboard side, lowered to a wheeled dolly and rolled out to the cock pit.
The Yanmar and Beta Marine engine mount centres are almost identical so no modification to the engine bed was required.
The new Beta slipped easily into its new home. The boat cabin was a busy spot; engine installation work underway, new battery selector switch and battery cables installed, misc. electrical work completed, new engine block heater and cabin hot water heater installed, prop shaft pulled for machining and fitting to coupling, shaft stuffing box repacked and adjusted, all new water, heater and fuel hoses, new racor and raw water filters fitted and engine control cables and throttle / shift controller installed.
The exhaust system fit up can often lead to modifications and in this case to mate up to the vessel’s system we had to go with a high rise cross over exhaust elbow which was expedited from Beta Canada over the Christmas holiday.
Engine final alignment and bolt down was completed on December 30th and the vessel was launched into the ice on the 31st.
With engine commissioning successfully completed on January 2nd, the little ship went straight to work.
Job # 1; beat her way out of Chester Back Harbour.
Many thanks to Keith C. and the Stevens Boatworks crew for successfully completing this project on time in a harsh time of year.