|Tarka's engine is a Volvo MD6A - original equipment. It
looked good and it turned over but we couldn't get fuel through the
injector pump. We hired a qualified Volvo diesel mechanic to evaluate the
engine. He advised us that it would be an expensive proposition to bring
the engine back to working condition. It had no compression, most likely
from frozen rings. The injector pump would have had to have been rebuilt.
Since we were considering 1500 miles of mostly motoring down the
Intracoastal Waterway, we bit the bullet and ordered a new one.
|Cleaning out the interior was an interesting lesson in
rodent anatomy. We found dead mice in many tiny nooks and crannies. It got
to the point where I was afraid of what I might find as I reached into
places I could not see into. As we began the process of refurbishing the
interior we uncovered many places where we could not remove the oil
stains. Several bulkheads were delaminating or had rot at the bottom. Much
of which was to be expected after an around the world voyage and 6 years
of storage. We decided that building new pieces was easier than
|The stanchions were bent.
|We tried out the depth sounder. It wasn't even connected to
a battery but it worked! It seems that it had been jury rigged with
interior batteries. There was a VHF radio that worked, an expired epirb
(it worked but we were wary of bringing in the Search and Rescue team). We
also found a Loran C - brand new in the box. Too bad it is out of date.
|This is where we removed the depth sounder sender. It was
installed under the stove.
|We found a rubber dinghy which we sent to have evaluated and