Vroooooom!!!

Our good old perkins is running even better with it’s new exhaust system. The installation went through without any real problems. I did have to borrow a bicycle from Anthyllide in order to get to the Ace Hardware to buy one last hose adapter.

Here is a picture of the new hot exhaust riser before it was insulated.

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The system now runs without any leaks, and the engine is starting easier and running smoother!

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We are very excited to be mobile again and are looking forward to motoring down the Intracoastal Waterway while keeping a close eye on the engine to make sure there are no surprises.

Out with the Old, In with the New

When we began the process of building a new exhaust system. One piece that had to go was our muffler. Here it is welded out of stainless steel.

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After reading up on how the exhaust should be installed, all the experts agreed that after water was injected into the exhaust line it should run downhill all the way into the muffler. That makes the elbow on top of this muffler a real problem. It is on the inlet to the muffler, so the exhaust gases have to push the injected water uphill at least a little bit. In addition the welds were starting to rust on the bottom of the muffler, possibly leaking a little bit of salt water. We decided to replace the muffler with one better suited to our boat.

After speaking with Centek about the correct muffler for our engine we had a plan. We were going to replace our metal muffler with a fireproof, rust proof, fiberglass muffler. In addition we could get a muffler that had the inlet on the side, making it easier to mount the muffler below the water injection point. Just before calling Centek back to place the order I contacted Defender to see what their price was for a similar muffler. They had the exact same muffler listed for a much lower price. Unfortunately they didn’t have it in stock, but they could have Centek ship it directly to me…I don’t quite understand the pricing, but I’m happy to keep the extra dollars!

Here is the new muffler safely installed in the engine room.

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Now all we had to do was come up with something to do with the old muffler. We came up with a lot of ideas, but we’re starting to think this muffler-like object isn’t really good for anything anymore.

We tried using it as a dumbbell to keep us in shape since we’ve been anchored for so long.

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We tried using it as an anchor for the dinghy…

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We tried using it as a watering can for our new thyme plant..

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We tried using it as a teakettle…

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We tried using it as a new musical instrument, very tubalike but without any pleasing sounds.

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We had it try out for “The Wizard of OZ” but they found a better tin-man…

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However our muffler was most successful as an internet billboard to deliver this message!

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