Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Smoking Gun...
W Porter McRoberts <portermcroberts@...>
Gentlemen (and any ladies),toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
Once again I need your sage advice.
The situation exists as follows:
I’ve found what appears to be a great boat, for what I think a reasonable price with a quite reasonable owner. 2010 54 hull 152.
The survey with Dave Huffman confirms an excellent boat free of any serious concerns save a smoking engine.
And here in lies the friction:
The engine black stacks the water under a load. Black smoke out the exhaust with carbon on the water when increasing load. Start-up is good. Acceleration is good. Engine goes to 2700rpm and quickly. Engine serviced very regularly without issue. Volvo Martinique ( and multiple trips to the engine room with multiple mechanics) agrees there is an issue and have suggested either a new engine or a long-block change out, but has not offered an actual diagnosis as they agree the symptoms are present but that can’t find the disease. Prop is reasonably clean.
I am told by the broker that the prop is too large and this is likely the issue.
I am told by the owner (who he himself has a good working knowledge of diesels) this is normal for a diesel and there is nothing really wrong.
I am told by Nigel Calder in no uncertain terms: a common rail diesel such as the D3-110 should never smoke and is indicative of a serious issue.
The turbo is clean per Volvo. And the owner confirms regular open throttle to clean out the turbo.
I have already in place (3 weeks) plans to bring the boat back to the US and flag delineation etc has begun, some funds already transferred.
Option one: Accept the boat as is.
Option two: reject the boat and do not complete the deal, Pay crew for all cancelled airlines etc.
Option three: work towards a half way circumstance where owner and buyer share the financial burden of fix/replace.
Option four: your great ideas!
I very much appreciate your consideration!!