Sailing is a fun and adventurous activity that caters to all ages. The best sailors are prepared for anything. Technical problems can occur in all types of boats, including diesel engines. It is important to have the right parts to fix the issue before it becomes a major problem. This also means have the right tools at your fingertips and the knowledge of how to use them. If you have owner manuals for certain parts of your boat, it is useful to have them available to you.
Marine Diesel Engines – 8 key spare parts you should keep on board
Problematic diesel engines can leak coolant into the bilge of the boat at any time. It is important to always have enough extra coolant to top-up your engine even of most of the time you don’t need it.
Other fluids such as engine oil, power steering fluid or gear and hydraulic oil are also crucial for proper boat operation. These fluids may come in handy when encountering common problems such as your diesel engine overheating, leaky fittings and hose failure. While most of these issues can be repaired with the right parts and knowledge, you will still need to replace any lost fluid to get your boat going again.
Whether you use biodiesel or standard diesel for your engines, problems can still occur in your boat filters. A common issue you may encounter is a clogged fuel filter. Most boaters are forced to call an on-water tow service, but if you keep a spare fuel filter on board you can save yourself the time and money. Fuel filters are not difficult to replace and are quite cheap to purchase. If you are going on a long sailing trip, it is worth keeping more than one spare onboard.
You may encounter a bent or broken propellor during your sailing ventures. It is suggested that you have a spare propellor on board for your diesel engine. Consult your manual for instructions on how to maintain and replace your propellor.
Hose clamps are particularly useful if you encounter a problem with your PSS shaft seal. They are essential in the installation process and can come in handy if you find that your PSS shaft seal is leaking when you’re out on the water. Check to make sure that you have not made any mistakes during installation. If not, then examine your hose clamps for any faults that may be causing the leaking.
Most diesel engines will use at least one belt. These belts help drive alternators and water cooling pumps to allow the boat to operate well. It is worth having a spare one onboard in case your diesel engine requires maintenance.
Diesel engines maintenance can often involve issues with fuses. Make a list of each type and size of fuses used on your boat and keep these available to you onboard. Take care when repairing fuses as they make be an indicator of a larger problem on your boat. If you are unsure about what to do, just try and head back to shore so that you can get a professional to look at it.
All the spare parts in the world won’t help you if you do not have the right tools to install them with. Make sure your toolkit consists of a few screwdrivers (all head types and sizes), a range of different wrenches, pliers, hammer and a power drill. If you know of certain parts of your boat that requires non-basic tools for installation, make sure you have these on board too. Popular marine parts, such as a PSS Shaft Seal, are often more complex to install.
When going on a long trip, pack a waterproof torch and some extra batteries. This may seem like a simple one, but many boaters often forget the importance of these little items. You will definitely need a working torch if you are trying to repair a part of your boat.
Duct tape is also worth having onboard if you encounter an issue that needs a quick fix to get you back to land. Consider keeping other types of tapes such as electrical and Teflon tape as well, so that you are prepared.
Make sure you keep enough life jackets on board for every person on the boat. This is essential regardless of the length of your trip. The safety of each person onboard is always the biggest priority.
If you are interested in purchasing some spare parts for your diesel engines maintenance, contact Power Equipment and find your closest dealer. We have a range of products for your PSS shaft seal, diesel engines, industrial engines and marine generators.