Perkins has completed the re-power of Ganesh, a Wauiquiez 43, through their distributor Parts & Power Ltd in Tortola. Cruising World Editor-At-Large, Gary “Capt’n Fatty” Goodlander, has replaced the 30+ year old Perkins 4.154 with a new Perkins M92B.
As part of the 1104 Series from Perkins, the M92B is a naturally aspirated 4.4 litre engine producing 64 kW at a modest 2400 rpm. During sea trials, Ganesh was able to achieve 6.5 knots at 1700 rpm, and 7 knots @ 2000 rpm and reached a maximum speed of 8 knots at 2400 rpm. All of this was achieved with a noise level that was nearly half of the previous engine.
The M92B represents precisely tailored technology delivering improved performance with reduced operating costs. The engines are easy to maintain, and have a 500hr service interval delivering excellent fuel economy.
Capt’n Fatty and his wife Caroline are well into their third circumnavigation, where reliability is vital, and they have reported that the new engine may have saved their lives already.
“At the height of our recent gale, I managed to claw down the jammed storm stay sail at dawn, which was very good in one sense but not another. We needed to heave-to, if we remained sail-less and sideways, we'd surely roll within minutes. I checked for sheets and lines overboard, and hit the starter button. The Perkins immediately sprang into life, and powered Ganesh directly into those powerful, giant, deck-sweeping 20 foot plus seas, without a problem and at a mere 1900 rpm.”
The crew of Ganesh have increased confidence in having a low speed, high torque, long-lived engine when they need it.
Parts & Power would like to thank all the local BVI businesses that assisted with making this project such a success. BVI Yacht Charters, Tui Marine (the Moorings/Sunsail) & Village Cay Marina all assisted in making the installation go smoothly. Thanks also to the BVI Customs Department, and Controller of Customs Wade Smith, in making Capt’n Fatty and Caroline feel welcome.