The 30 hp Yanmar 3HM30 diesel engine had given good service since my C&C 40 cruiser/racer, Peregrine, was built 36 years ago, and though it still fired up the instant the starter button was pressed, keeping it running had
become a constant chore. Every time my wife and I went for a cruise, I had to waste precious time fixing the engine. I was craving a nice, low-maintenance alternative — especially given our plans to sail to the Caribbean one winter soon. After spending one more sunny summer afternoon while moored in Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard, attempting to fix the engine, I finally gave up and placed a call to Mike Muessel, owner of Oldport Marine in Newport, Rhode Island. I told him I was ready for that new engine we'd discussed at the Newport International Boat Show the previous summer. He told me to come on over because he just happened to have the engine I needed sitting in his office and he could have me sailing again before Labor Day weekend. A glorious night sail upwind in 20 knots of breeze got me home to Newport, and in the morning, Mike said he was ready for me. I sailed over, and just off his dock in the heart of town, I fired up the old Yanmar. Just as I tied up at the Oldport dock, the overheating alarm went off for the last time.