The mechanics at A&M Marine pulled the Starboard engine out today. The removal went quicker than the first one, as they had everything figured out. Yesterday, Mendy, the mechanic, built the platform under the engine for it to roll on to bring it to the middle of the boat. Then this morning, while they were waiting for the tide to come in so the boat could be brought back to the ramp, he moved it to the center and put it up on blocks.
At 1:30, Mendy and the guys from Georgetown Dry Stack Marina pulled the second (Starboard) engine. There was no drama! It went smoothly, and within 20 minutes, the second engine was on a trailer headed to the shop to be rebuilt.
Mendy was working as quickly as he could because he is headed to Egypt for ten days and wanted the engines out so that Michael (the Master Mechanic) could do the rebuilding while he was gone. Then when he gets back from vacation, he can “pop” them back in!
Here is a video of the second removal with a special “Introduction” by Mendy showing how close the tolerance was to get the engine out.
We will post more details on the rebuild process as we get information. The transmission is returning to the rebuild shop this week, and we are still waiting to hear what happened.
If you missed Part 1 of “Our Engines Have To Come Out!” you can read it here.