C'est la Vie is a 1966 Charlie Morgan 34.

Her home port is Everglades City, FL. Our typical cruising area is Southwest Florida, the Florida Keys, the Southeastern Atlantic Seaboard, and the Bahamas. We are C'est la Vie's third owners and purchased her in 2005. We continue to maintain and update this classic vessel. Please post any questions or comments about C'est la Vie or our travels via the comment links below.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Engine Haul-out week one progress report

One week ago C'est la Vie's Beta Marine engine left it's mounts and exited the vessel for the first time in over 15 years.  Progress on the engine is moving along in slow plodding steps.  Resting atop blocks and a pallet the engine took up residence along C'est la Vie's starboard side.

C'est la Vie with her engine resting along side.
The next step was to continue removing components that would be damaged by the pending de-greasing and power washing. I used tape to create labels for various connection.  I also took numerous images to serve as visual aids when I begin the reconstruction.
In the process of labeling and removing engine components prior to washing / de-greasing the engine

After washing and de-greasing, I went over the motor with a small wire brush in an effort to remove any lingering rust or flaking paint. To prevent future rust I applied Ospho to all the bare ferrous metal. The Ospho  dries to a black color.  The black areas in the image below clearly indicate were the metal had begun to oxidize.

ready for the first coat of new paint.
Through out this process I have left the oil and fuel filters in place to protect the orifices underneath.  The air intake, fuel pump attachment, and various other inlets are protected by tape.

first coat of paint on the engine.
The first coat of a paint went on thin to ensure the new paint and the old paint are compatible.  I'll now give the first coat 24 hours to dry.

Meanwhile inside the boat... I have reached a turning point in the battle of the bilge.   Everything is out of the boat and the area is clean.
C'est la Vie's engine compartment clean and vacant

Not it is time to begin re-installing, repairing, and upgrading.  Replacing port side plywood damaged  when the previous owner spilled battery acid is the next step.  Fresh paint and new sound proofing will soon follow.

Here is a link to the photo album documenting my progress - Haul Engine - Fall 2012  I will continue to add photos to the album as the project progresses.

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