In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we hear the first breathes of our NEW Engine Fang. After running the final hoses and connecting the power, we fill up the engine with all the oils and liquids required before kicking Fang over for the first time. Lets hear this baby Purr! This was a monumental day for Nandji as all our hard work is really starting to take shape. Installing this new engine has been challenging but so very rewarding at the same time. We have never tackled a task this big before, in fact we had never installed an engine into anything before, so it was a huge task and a massive learning curve we have nearly completed. Wait til you hear this baby purr... Beautiful.
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, our new engine Fang is finished off. We finish of the drive system installation installing the PSS Shaft seal, align the engine and install the Sigma Drive. The Sigma Drive in our eyes is a genious piece of engineering allowing and compensating for any alignment issues and protecting damage to our gearbox. We run our new 3 inch exhaust and this involves cutting a new hole in the sides of Nandji. There are 2 types of people that own boats... Ones that drill holes in them and the ones that dont!
The PSS Shaft seal is what keeps the water out of Nandji. It was very easy to install and will last a very long time. The seal is created by the smooth stainless rotor that is attached to the shaft and rotates. This applies pressure to the carbon bellow that is stationary and attached to the stern tube.
The Sigma Drive is an engineering genius. This replaces the need to have a coupling joining the shaft to the gearbox. The Sigma Drive allows up to 3 degrees in variation therefore adding a good sense of security of never doing damage to our gearbox or cutlass bearings. We aligned the shaft to gearbox with the normal coupling, then removed and installed the Sigma Drive. As Nandji is a wooden boat, normally we would have to realign the engine in the water as the boat takes her shape once again, but with the Sigma Drive, no need for that!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, the day has finally arrived where we install our NEW Engine Fang. We had been waiting on a new stern tube to be made and sent from Australia, so have been occupying our time with other major refitting jobs on Nandji. With this now installed we could book in the crane and get our NEW Engine installed.
The feeling of accomplishment we felt this day was truly amazing. After dealing with so much hassle and struggle to reach Langkawi, going through the hard yards of removing Old Smoky and the mess she left behind, to now installing and positioning our new engine, it has all been worth it. We are so very thankful and excited by what lies ahead. Hopefully more time of stress less cruising, less time fixing things and more time enjoying the sailing life!
Thank you to everyone who has watched our videos and contributed to our new engine. It is all because of you legends we have been able to install this brand new engine and re-power Nandji. With all this boat work being complete our vessel is becoming indestructible as we get her ready for our next big trip across the Indian Ocean.
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