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    Default Engine spares (and tools)- how much do you carry?

    As we inch closer to our goal of becoming full time cruisers, I am starting to consider what stock of engine parts I should take with me. There are so many horror stories about people getting stuck in an invariably horrible and expensive harbour whilst they await delivery of components which are hard to source, overpriced, subject to customs fees and bribes, and might turn out not to fit. All part of the fun I'm sure but it seems sensible to avoid all that trauma if possible.

    Obviously I already carry basic spares- filters, belts, impeller, fluids, anodes, and the tools required to fit them. But I am thinking of adding a few other parts that are likely to require replacement over the course of say a five year cruise.

    Would it be sensible or paranoid to carry a spare of the following:?
    - exhaust elbow
    - raw water pump
    - alternator
    - morse cables
    - starter motor

    Anything else to consider?
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    Default Re: Engine spares (and tools)- how much do you carry?

    Gaskets (or material from which to make them )
    O-rings
    Copper joint washers
    Last edited by Poignard; 07-10-19 at 18:01.
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    Default Re: Engine spares (and tools)- how much do you carry?

    Several oil and fuel filters.
    Fan belts

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    Default Re: Engine spares (and tools)- how much do you carry?

    Quote Originally Posted by stingo View Post
    Several oil and fuel filters.
    Fan belts
    I suggested that. Then I read his post again and saw he already had those. Hence my edit!
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    Default Re: Engine spares (and tools)- how much do you carry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Poignard View Post
    I suggested that. Then I read his post again and saw he already had those. Hence my edit!
    Opps. Looks like I made the same mistake as you.

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    Default Re: Engine spares (and tools)- how much do you carry?

    Attempt no 2 and moving beyond just engine spares:
    Two reels of tinned electrical wire, one red, one black. Maybe even several gauges.
    A HUGE box of electrical connectors
    Outboard spares, including a propeller.
    A HUGE assortment of nuts, bolts, washers and screws.
    Drill bits, both metric and imperial, for wood and steel

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    Default Re: Engine spares (and tools)- how much do you carry?

    Stayloc fittings to repair a broken rigging wire. One for each size of wire on the mast plus 30m of plain 4mm dyneema core for lashings. You dont need to carry any spare wire if your stayloc has a ring on the end you can lash to.
    A sewing machine! You wouldnt believe how much stuff we have made and repaired whilst away. Make sure you carry some spare sunbrella to match your sprayhood colour. Its easy to forget how hot it is in the Tropics when you are freezing in the UK. We have covers for the hatches, outboard engines, winches, engine console, fuel cans. We also have a a suncover that goes over the boom to provide shade for the sprayhood and cockpit. If your sprayhood is a dark colour it will be unbearable to sit under as it will get very hot. Even light coloured biminis can be hot beneath. If you can carry lots of sunbrella type fabric and a singer 201k sewing machine, you wont regret it.
    Spare gas bottle regulators and I would also invest in a kit to allow you to fill your own bottle from the American type bottles. In the Caribbean you can get the American bottles filled but not always the UK ones so easily. Buy a Plastic American type bottle when you get here then you are covered for gas.
    Lots of spare red ensigns. We destroy about three per season. They turn in to pink ensigns first then rip to shreds.
    If you have led lights buy spare bulbs at home. They are a total rip off to buy in the Caribbean. A £3 bulb at home will cost you $20 here!

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    Default Re: Engine spares (and tools)- how much do you carry?

    Obviously, the engine consumables you've already mentioned but don't forget outboard spares as well. Electrical spares such as bulbs, switches and wire, assorted A4 nuts, bolts, washers, self tappers, shackles etc. My toolkit is fairly comprehensive, enough to strip and rebuild the engine, which I had to do one time. Rings, gaskets etc. were ordered from UK Monday morning and arrived in Portugal via courier, before 12 noon the next day so I'm not too worried about getting spares not to hand locally. Although others do so, I don't bother carrying spares such as alternator or starter, they can usually be fixed locally, where repair rather than replacement is often the norm. Prop and shaft anodes can be hard to find, particularly anything imperial rather than metric. Morse cables are the same anywhere, main differences being length. Although labour charges can be far cheaper than UK, it's best to get the boat equipped for hot and cold weather with bimini, fans, good fridge, cockpit tent, before leaving, same with gantry, solar and new batteries.

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    Default Re: Engine spares (and tools)- how much do you carry?

    Our spares load is somewhat over the top, but only because we got the opportunity to buy a complete and working spare engine in Trinidad for $500 - everything you could strip off the block, we now carry.
    Based on what we've used and couldn't have lived without/worked around for a while, the only items that I'd perhap add to the OP's main engine list is a fuel lift pump, before getting another Yanmar one with the Trini engine, we carried an inline electrical one.
    Also perhaps some spare water/exhaust hose and for immediate repairs to same, short lengths of suitably sized steel/copper/plastic pipes along with jubilee clips to allow leaks to be cut out and the pipes spliced back together.
    Not really 'spares' more a modification/extra which has eased the stress more than once is that we've a well secured jerry jug with an extra cap that's got a small hole through it, along with 8' of fuel hose complete with fuel union, copper washers and union bolt; in the event of the engine stopping, we can connect a gravity feed from a known 'clean' supply direct to the engine and bleed it through in <5 minutes.
    Last edited by BobnLesley; 08-10-19 at 03:47.
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    Default Re: Engine spares (and tools)- how much do you carry?

    Firstly I like to say you can bet you bottom dollar no matter how much you carry it be the one thing you haven't got that will go wrong
    Personally I think how much spares other then the normal spare you carry on board really depend where your cruising , in Northern Europe and right across the Med I been able to buy most stuff , and what I couldn't , I ordered
    We had our course computer go this year , who carry a spare course computer?, I guess someone here will say they do , anyway got one on the internet , had it sent to Sardinia. It took five days . We also had our wind instrument vane break , no we don't carry one of them , again ebay and we received it in a week ,
    My point carry a spare fuel pump, injectors , steering cables so on and you probably find the day you sell up they still be in a compartment some where .
    On the other hand if you plain to cruise some out of the way country where spares are hard to come by , that's a different thing .
    Last edited by sailaboutvic; 08-10-19 at 07:48.
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