Valiente, the 33 foot sloop, is a year older than Mrs. Alchemy, and boat years are briefer than human. Consequently, things break, fail or require pre-emptive care. Such was the case just prior to our August mini-vacation down the lake. The Atomic 4 engine panel has not much in the way of instrumentation, but the little there is I consider essential. So when the temperature gauge failed to budge one day, I got out the digital multimeter in order to see if it was getting power. Indeed, it was. So this suggested that the engine block's temperature sensor, or thermistor, was on the fritz. It was.
|The Frankensteinian nature of my rebuilt Atomic 4 is revealed in the variety of engine paint on the various bits.|
|It looks worse than it is. It starts readily enough and very little smells funny.|
|Not seen: the little piece of tape on the ammeter that lines up with the black shifter knob to indicate "you are in neutral".|