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.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Success - C'est la Vie engine is out

With all the prep work completed yesterday, today was devoted to birthing the engine out the companion way then swinging it from the cockpit onto a pallet.  The yard has a fork lift so the pallet was resting at toe rail level just off the port side.

airborne engine.
According the the Beta Marine spec sheet the weight of our engine is approx 350 pounds.   I elected to use our main sheet vang, a 5 to 1 with 9/16" line, to do the primary lifting.

The engine moved off the beds on onto the cabin sole in the galley.
I also used our boom vang, a 5 to 1 with 3/8" line, to assist with some of the directional pulls.  Both of the block systems were secured to 2" webbing wrapped around the boom.  The main halyard was tied to the boom adjacent to the webbing to assist in supporting the load.

hanging midway through the the second lift while waiting on the fork lift
Using both system of blocks I managed to single hand the engine from the engine beds to galley sole.  Guiding and lifting the engine from the sole to the cockpit and then from the cockpit to the fork lift proved a three person job.

By lunchtime the engine rested on a pallet outside of C'est la Vie and a cavern full of needs remained inside.

The prop shaft is supported by 1" webbing hanging from the mounts for the fuel tank.
The water line from C'est la Vie flooding on the hard in 2004 is still visible in the engine room.   Cleaning and painting this area is definitely high on the priority list.

I have created a Picasa Album to record and share the our progress.  Please check it out via this link - Haul Engine Project - Fall 2012.


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