It is service time again for Naughty-Cal. This time it is just a minor service consisting of an oil and filter change and checking the belts and tensioners. We like to keep her serviced on a regular basis in the hope that it will keep her running reliably for many years to come yet.
Whilst servicing the engine it is the ideal time to give the engine bay a good clean out as well. That way any leaks can be spotted and located quickly and easily. The engine bay is relatively easy to keep clean and a quick wipe around should be more than ample to do the job.
To help extract the oil easily it is helpful if it is warm so we usually take Naughty-Cal for a run prior to setting about on the engine. This weekend as we plan to spend Friday night in Lincoln after having a few drinks in Lincoln Boat Club the run back to the marina on Saturday morning will provide the ideal trip for warming up the oil.
Whilst extracting the oil we will also check the fuel filters for any signs of contamination, check the supercharger oil is at the correct level and check the tension of the four belts. We are currently suffering with a squealing supercharger belt which is refusing to re tension so we will change this for our spare new one and see if it makes a difference. All of the belts were changed before our first coastal cruise of this year however the supercharger belt has been problematic since then.
With the engine freshly serviced we should hopefully enjoy a trouble free cruise at the end of August, with plenty of time between now and then to rectify any minor niggles or problems which might occur. We should also hopefully enjoy a trouble free end to the cruising season when we will once again change the oil so that Cal is left with fresh oil in the engine over the quieter winter months when cruising opportunities can be few and far between.
Treat your boat and engine well and they will hopefully look after you in return.