Tip 1. Dripless ‘PSS’ Shaft Seals – How to avoid filling your bilge with salt water
- Be careful when climbing around in the engine room
- Carry spare nylon hose tail fittings in case one is broken and leaking water into the engine room
- Change the black rubber bellow every few years
Tip 2 – Sea Cocks Ball Valves and Thru Hull Fittings
Every boat has them. They are fitted to every thru hull/skin fitting that is below the water line. On commercial boats skin fittings above the water line also have them. They give you the ability to shut off the water flow. Old boats used gate valves, modern boats use stainless steal or bronze ball or gate valves. Either way, if you don’t operate them regularly they are prone to seizing up through corrosion or barnacle growth. If they seize open and you need to clean out your main engine raw water sea strainers for example, then you may have to haul your boat out of the water at great expense and inconvenience just to clear some detritus.
The valves are located throughout the hull, not just in the engine room.
They are usually attached to:
- Main engine raw water intakes
- Generator raw water intake
- Airconditioning cooling water intake
- Sanitation system intakes and discharge
- Raw water deck wash
- Desalinator intake
- Live bait tank intake
Tip 3 – Seafire Engine Room Fire Extinguishing Systems
How many of you have checked the auto fire extinguishing system onboard your boat? My guess is that it’s a case of out of sight and out of mind for most of you. You should have a basic understanding of how they operate otherwise they may trigger when you don’t want them to, or not trigger in an emergency!!
The Riviera 45 engine room made the perfect venue for presenting my video tips on the auto fire systems commonly used in luxury boats.