Newbie with a new to me S2 11A

jerseyguy

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Actually, replacing the fuel filter, impeller, oil would all be good. Running at the slip under load for 15 minutes to see water flow and temp is not a bad test.
Absolutely.  A number of years ago I was part of a delivery crew for a friend who had bought a used CS 36 Merlin. Western NY state to Chicago in the Spring.  Owner was in a hurry to get going and ignored advice to do as you suggested. Seller assured my friend that the engine had been regularly and properly serviced. Hah. Had to stop over in Erie, Pa as the engine kept stalling, running rough, etc. All kinds of muck messing with the fuel filter and fuel pump intake.  Injectors we’re anything but clean. Lost a day and a half having a local boatyard get everything proper again. Needless to say the new owner was anything but happy.  

 

halvern

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I have found that once you leave either the Sacramento River or Stockton River channels, you have to have a depth sounder. And Even then you need decent charts. Forward shooting sounders are great but because the sand berms move depending on the tidal flows they show up so fast that you will hit bottom without a lot of notice. The S2 seems fit in all ways as far as the boat. My concern will be loss of power. Eyesailor (thanks again) gave me a link to an Owners Manual for sale on EBAY for the Volvo engine which I ordered and hopefully will arrive soon. AnotherSailor (thanks also) made mention of riding the slack tide and then taking a push from the changing tide going in. Right now it looks like we can leave around 3:30 PM on Saturday the 22nd and put us in around 8-9 PM. We have all the life gear needed, I'm bringing a hand held VHF (not sure about one installed), hand held GPS, and I have all new charts from SF Bay up to Benicia and then from Benicia thru the straights on into the Delta and over to Oakley. I use a really good marina, Lauritzen's Yacht Harbor, just past the Antioch Bridge going up into the /delta, They have right at 8 feet at low tide and they have water and power (free) plus Fuel and dumpout station. Biggest plus they have 24 hour roaming security along with camera's. Just a note if you are ever up in the delta, not a sales pitch.

Thanks to all that have opined in, the help is really appreciated. This boat will be the end, I'm sneaking up on 75 real fast and hoping to go out with at least a smile and smell of saltwater on my hands.

 

AnotherSailor

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Thanks to all that have opined in, the help is really appreciated. This boat will be the end, I'm sneaking up on 75 real fast and hoping to go out with at least a smile and smell of saltwater on my hands.
You know that the Delta is fresh water right? Not that there is anything wrong with that!

 

halvern

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The further north you go into the Delta, the fresher the water. When the tide is coming in you can sip the water and it's salty, but then it will dilute to brackish.

Not too bad for bathing as long as you use a bar of Lava. That reminded me of my stint on a carrier back in  Nam days, you learn that Lava is the only soap that Lathers in salt water.

 

AnotherSailor

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The further north you go into the Delta, the fresher the water. When the tide is coming in you can sip the water and it's salty, but then it will dilute to brackish.

Not too bad for bathing as long as you use a bar of Lava. That reminded me of my stint on a carrier back in  Nam days, you learn that Lava is the only soap that Lathers in salt water.
even past Antioch? 

I spent some time around owl harbor, which is a bit further, and the water was always fresh (and cold, even in the blazing heat, which made it all bearable).

 

halvern

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Zonker, a special thanks for the manual. We are in the 50's here in NorCal, so this might just be what it takes to stay in bed longer and read. We are getting the "wave" from the volcanic activity in the far Pacific, and the news showed people loading their cars because the flooding (2ft) is going to inundate the whole Bay area and we all are going to die!! Get serious, roll up your pants. Heading over to Berkeley to spend more time on the 11A. Taking small tool kit along with pad of paper, soda, munchies, and garbage bags. Ah the life!

 

gn4478

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If you have access to the diesel tank, pump out the bottom to see what kind of muck is there.  Bring some spare diesel jugs.  If the tank is fouled, you could run off the jugs. Make a float plan with someone on shore so if you are overdue, they can send for help.  

 

AnotherSailor

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Yes, the most misread book of SF is the tidebook. Leave when the slack turns into a  flood and it will stay with you all the way.

OK< so the 22nd? did you make it?

 

halvern

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The "big move" has been delayed till Monday 2/7/22. we figure leaving around 9 am'ish which would put us on the crest when we swing into the main channel heading for The Brothers (clear to Port, I think), have to look again. Then roll on into Benica the Martinez bridge and then Benicia Bridge. Fingers crossed. 

Anyone with history on this run, please dive in, looking for all comments.

 

halvern

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We moved her on 2/7. Not too long out I wanted a little more speed, went from 1500 to about 2200. Engine ran for about 10 mins then stalled. Temp gauge was in the middle. At first I thought it might be a fuel issue. Stay calm we have TowUS. Waited ten minutes and started back up. The temp gauge then spiked to the high pin but she ran well at 1500. Waited several hours and tried 2200 rpm and she stalled again. After a delay engine (Volvo M17d) started up and we left it for the trip.

Our 4-5 hour trip to cover right at 60nm took a total of about 12 1/2 hours. Ran out of bottle tea and salami and cheese went at noon. 

Looking for insight, please.

 

NaClH20

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Looking for insight, please.
Pack more snax next time? ^_^   

Actually, never run an engine with the temp gauge pegged.  Could be a bad reading, but if not, Bad Things Happen.  I’d first look at coolant level, then the impeller (broken or missing vanes seriously limit water flow), then remove/clean the heat exchanger.   Change the fuel filter(s) and observe their condition.  Gunky tank will clog them very quickly.  After that it gets more technical and you’d probably be better off with a mechanic that can actually see the engine.  If it turns out the engine was indeed running hot, monitor it very carefully in the future as a warped head/blown gasket can be lurking.  GL!

 
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AnotherSailor

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hmmmmmm, engine stalling at higher rpm ... might be a fuel supply issue. As NaCIH said check the filters (and lines). There should be a primary and secondary filter. The one that is on the engine has a little filter that can get clogged easily, but sometime there are other parts added in the fuel line that cause issues (such as a fuel pump used for bleeding the engine). Also check the cooling system indeed and replace all the easy stuff. Is there a heat exchanger on this engine??? Check the thermostat. 

There is a ton of easy maintenance on this engine you can do yourself. There is a good chance that doing all that will solve the issue. My bet is a clogged diesel filter.

 
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