|Posted: October 22 2010 at 10:57 | IP Logged
Yup, sometimes it seems like a binto box to gain access. In many models at Sea Ray, there was never a consideration given to component access. At Sea Ray, the hull was in two parts: top and bottom. All components were loaded into the bottom part of the hull and the the top was installed without access hatchs and so-forth. This unfortunate method resulted in no access to many components. I am surprised that C.C. may have resorted to this design shortcoming. The drill maybe to acertain if in fact, access is impossibe short of cutting it out. As in Sea Ray's case, S.O.P. of component repacement was to install a replacment (like a water heater) in a new location- and just disconnect the defentive unit and leave it there. The decision may be have to made to remove the bathtub to get at the tank and a design necessary during reinstallation making it possible for the tub to be removed in case future access is needed, sometimes a tough call.
On the heatexchangers:
There is a whole industry that does this. Depends on there you are in the country to minimize shipping costs. It may make sense to pull you exchanger and ship/deliver it to either a radiator shop place or exchanger speciaist to size-up its condition. If it needs to be replaced, sometimes it makes sense to ship it to a supplier so they can match it exactly. Identifying your vessel's drive-line may eliminate having to shipping it out, but in any case, research needs to be done to lay out your choices. The whole thing is very doable. Take your time, lay it all out and this can get done with a minimum a fuss. I'm an engineer and handy, so this sort of thing is a straight forward deal. If you're not an engineer, it may take a bit more time to think it through, but is still certainly doable.
Roy & Laurie, S.F. Bay Area
'83 280, hardtop, single 305