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 19, 2012

One damn engine mount nut

As of this evening the engine still resides atop the motor mounts in C'est la Vie's hull.  I have high hopes of having the engine out by this evening.  With a couple new ratcheting box end wrenches in hand the shaft coupling easily parted.  The engine mount bolts did not play as nicely
my nemesis the port side aft engine mount 
Removing the top nut required holding the threaded stud in place with a crescent wrench while turning the top nut with a 15/16 inch wrench.  I began saturating the nuts with PB Blaster two days ago.  For the two forward nuts the PB Blaster; a couple strikes with a cold chisel, and finagling the wrench into the correct position freed the nuts.  Freeing the starboard aft nut required all the the above plus the removal of the raw water strainer.  The port side aft mount proved to be my undoing.  All the previous tricks plus heat; a cheater pipe to provide more advantage, and three hours of effort on the wrench did not free the nut.  I finally turned my attention to the lag bolts attaching the mounts to the engine bed.  Each motor mount has two lag bolts these proved easy to remove.  Rather than spend my time on the engine mount nuts I should have simply removed the 8 lag bolts.

pile of parts growing under C'est la Vie

The pile of engine parts and accessories under C'est la Vie  continues to grow.  I started a Picasa Album to record the Haul Engine Project - fall 2012.  As the project progresses I will continue to add photos to the album.


  1. When pulling a motor the bolts attaching the mounts to the engine bed are really the way to go. We learned that when we replaced the engine. Not only is it faster but you can also adjust the mount bolts a lot easier when they're up at eye level.

    1. Tate - Any other revelations from your experience re-powering Sundowner? Pull and re-installing the engine is new territory for me all advice is welcome.

    2. Sorry I missed this a while back. Looks like you're getting along great though.

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    1. Bob, thanks for the link. I've never heard of a nut splitter before - brilliant.