MeaganAnne Operation Manual

MeaganAnne Operation Manual
Meagan Anne
Operation Manual and Boater’s Handbook
The Meagan Anne is a 33’ x 10’ offshore built in 2014 at Peregrine LLC in Eagle River,
Meagan Anne is powered by a single Yanmar 6ly-2a 440HP diesel engine coupled
to a Konrad 660 outdrive. The most efficient cruising speed is approximately 21-25 knots
@ 26-2800 rpms.
 Never operate this engine over 2900 rpm.
This engine/outdrive combination has provided tens of thousands of hours of reliable
service on charter boats. There are a few tips that keep both the engine and drive healthy.
A single station, double lever Morse control provides throttle and shifting. When
idling for any length of time such as warm up, it is best to increase to 1000 rpms.
This is better for the engine, and minimizes “chattering”.
ALWAYS return the rpm’s back down to low idle (around 750 rpms) before
shifting into gear. Shifting should be deliberate. Failure to engage fully into gear
will cause outdrive damage. Do not slam the lever back and forth from forward to
reverse, always pause in neutral.
Warm the engine up to temperature before accelerating. It’s best to run under load
at 1500 rpm until the engine is at operating temp.
Accelerate slowly until the boat is on step. The engine has a lot of torque.
“Punching” it will break things.
Check fluids after each long run and/or daily. Checking the oil in these engines
can be a little tricky. It’s best to check after the engine has been off for at least a
few hours. Check the dipstick several times to ensure an accurate reading. Only
add enough to keep the level between the lines. Do not overfill. There will be a
significant delay from the time you add until it shows on the dipstick. Do not
Expensive damage usually starts out as a small noise that gradually becomes a big
Bang. If you hear anything that resembles “ticking”, “grinding”, “thumping”,
“grumbling”, or “whining”, it’s best to shut down to idle speed, or stop the engine
completely. Stop operation if you hear these noises. When a u-joint explodes, it can do
severe boat damage and cause severe bodily harm.
While operating any vessel, it is important to monitor engine gauges. Immediately shut
down if any alarms sound, if the operating temperature climbs above 190 degrees, or if
oil pressure drops.
Additionally, it is important to constantly watch ahead for logs, ice, and other debris.
Striking a floating or submerged object will do severe damage to the vessel and outdrive.
With lost revenue and shipping, a broken outdrive can cost nearly $40,000 during the
season. You are 100% liable for damages you cause. Pay careful attention while at the
If the engine fails to turn over, it is possible and most likely that the starter solenoid is not
working. Try tapping the starter. Solenoid malfunction is common among marine
Boat Maneuvering
Whittier is known for it’s occasional windy conditions, especially during clear, high
pressure conditions. Although these conditions are typically only local to Whittier and
the Sound will be considerably calmer, winds make moving around in the harbor and
other close quarters tricky. Expensive damage to your boat or others is possible if you are
not extremely careful. Travel at a very slow speed in the harbor, even if this means you
have to bump the drive in and out of gear. Always be prepared with lines and fenders
ready. Have at least one person holding and ready to use an extra fender if needed. Call
for assistance if necessary. We will meet you at the fuel dock, or outside dock if you need
help. Whittier Harbor will also send personnel to assist you if you need help. They can be
called on VHF channel 68. Never approach a dock without fenders out and people ready
to handle lines. Err on the side of caution, you don’t want to be responsible for expensive
Boat Loading
Load the boat so that it sits level. Listing is better corrected by moving gear rather than
by using trim tabs. Trim tabs will slow you down and decrease efficiency. Do not
overload the vessel as this will stress the engine and drive and may cause unsafe stability
issues. Eliminate extra and duplicate gear. Most boaters carry far more gear than
Cooling System
The Yanmar 6ly is cooled via a seawater heat exchange system. Seawater is pumped
through the engine and is used to cool the freshwater/antifreeze system surrounding
engine components. There is a large sea strainer mounted on the forward engine
bulkhead. This will require occasional cleaning and is the most likely cause of engine
overheating. The fresh water system is filled on the top of the engine and operates like a
car radiator. Coolant levels should be checked prior to long trips. Only open the cap when
the engine is cool. An overflow reservoir is mounted to starboard of the engine. Levels in
this bottle change greatly. As long as the tank on the engine is full, the engine is fine.
Spare V belts are onboard and can be changed with a 12 and 14 mm socket. There is also
a power steering pump run via a second belt mounted on the front of the engine.
Two 150 gallon fuel tanks are located forward of the main engine room bulkhead. One is
to port and one is to starboard. Sight tubes indicate the tank’s level. The engine draws
from the port tank and an equalizer hose will keep the tanks level. Be sure that the valve
is left open. Fill the tanks to the lines on the sight tube. This will give you approximately
250 gallons of useable fuel. Do not fill the tanks to the top.
A Racor filter is located on the port side of the bulkhead forward of the main engine. 2
micron replacement elements are onboard in the unlikely event that a filter should
become plugged. A second stage filter is mounted on the port side of the engine forward
of the fuel pump. This filter should not need service, but there is a spare onboard.
Racor filter
Secondary filter
Sight tube
Auxiliary Power
A Yamaha outboard provides auxiliary power. The motor bracket must be lowered for
use. An oil reservoir is located on top of the cowling. Use regular unleaded gas and be
certain that the oil reservoir is full. The motor has electric start.
Electrical System
The boat is equipped with a house battery bank, and a starting battery. Batteries are
automatically isolated and charged. Switches are to port and starboard should you need to
shut a bank down. Normally, you would not need to turn batteries off.
Bow Thruster
This boat is equipped with a bow thruster to aid in maneuvering. To turn in on, you must
push the button twice. Then the jog stick should work. Do not operate the motor for more
than 20 seconds continuously. Always have someone ready with an extra fender when
docking and never operate at a speed faster than you would want to hit something when
docking. The thruster is operated from a battery located under the v-berth floor. There is
a replaceable fuse located on the power cable. A spare fuse is taped to the bulkhead near
the thruster.
Bilge Pumps
There are four bilge pumps onboard. Two are located under the engine, one is located in
the fish hold, and one is located under the cabin sole. They are controlled from switches
on the dash and should be left on “Auto” at all times.
There are two high water bilge alarms onboard. One is located under the engine and the
other is located under the cabin sole through the aft hatch. Bilges should always remain
fairly dry. If an alarm sounds, you need to immediately address the source of the water.
Trim and list
The stern drive trim is controlled by the toggle switch starboard of the steering wheel.
Normally, it does not need to be adjusted. If you do need to tilt the drive, be certain that it
is all the way down and then “bumped up” before operation. Severe ujoint damage will
occur if you operate the drive when it is up. Both the outdrive trim and trim tabs are
powered by a breaker on the dash panel.
Consider list when loading the boat. If the boat lists to one side, a correction can usually
be made by sliding a heavy cooler, the halibut weight basket, fish box, etc. to even the
boat out. It’s unlikely that you will need to use the trim tabs, but they are controlled from
the rocker switches on the dash. Both trim controls are powered from a breaker on the
Fresh Water System
There is a 20 gallon fresh water tank located under the cabin sole. A 12 volt pressure
pump, run from a breaker on the panel, runs the pump.
Salt Water Wash down
The wash down pump is located in the engine compartment. The pickup is through the
sea chest in that compartment. A breaker in the panel controls the pump. The breaker
should turned off when not in use. Although there is a pressure switch, leaving the pump
on all of the time will lead to shortened life. Additionally, the pump will flood the boat if
a line is ruptured.
Marine Head
The marine head sits on a holding tank. When 3 Nm offshore, the valve under the tank
can be opened so that the tank can be drained overboard. This is a very reliable system.
Never put anything other than human waste and marine toilet paper into the toilet. You
will be charged a cleaning fee if we need to remove objects from the tank.
Along with the v-berths, the table will drop into a bunk. Remove the backrest from the
passenger seat. Then lift up on the table and remove the pole. Continue lifting (folding)
the table up and it will release from the bracket on the wall. It will then fit between the
Fish Hold
The large fish hold below decks is used for storage. Do not put fish in it. Monitor it for
water and pump it out if necessary.
A Garmin 840xs offers GPS charting, radar, and broadband sonar functions. Operation is
intuitive, but the manual is onboard, or can be downloaded to a smart phone if needed.
Safety Equipment
8- Type I Adult and 2 Type I Child personal floatation devices are located in the storage
compartment under the table.
Signal flares and a basic first aid kit are located in the drawer under the table.
The anchor system consists of a 33lb Bruce anchor, 30’ of chain, and 600’ of line. A
buoy system with either a ring or a retrieval device is used to pull the anchor. Take great
care when pulling the anchor as it can be extremely hazardous. Do not wrap the anchor
line around the outdrive. Doing so in heavy seas and/or current will sink you
quickly. There is a sacrificial line tied to the chain. This should allow a stuck anchor to
be pulled.
Detailed Instructions
Setting an anchor
Oregon State Marine Board guidelines
recommend paying out anchor line a
minimum of seven times the depth of water.
Then apply Orval's EZ Pull.
Hold the EZ Pull in your
left hand and with the left
thumb press the lever
How to install Orval's EZ Pull™
Hold the device in your left hand with the slot
facing to the right, use your left thumb to
depress the lever down.
Lay the anchor line in the slot, beginning at
the roller end. The line snaps in and under
both line locks with a little pull on the rope
and a slight twist on Orval's EZ Pull™.
Lay line in the slot and
then pull line in under the
center rope lock and
under the retainer on the
roller end of the casting.
You're now ready to toss the line overboard
with the puller and buoy in-place. Pay out
some more line and secure the line to the
This end faces the anchor
or crab pot.
Lifting & retrieving an anchor
Move the vessel forward till the line is tight
and the anchor has lifted clear of the bottom.
You're now able to lift and retrieve using the
boat's forward motion at a nominal speed.
This end faces the boat.
Pulling crab pots
Pull along side the buoy and retrieve the pot
buoy and some line; place Orval's EZ Pull™
on the crab pot line (as described above)
with the attached puller buoy. Give Orval's
EZ Pull™ its buoy and some slack line in the
water. You're now able to retrieve using the
boat's forward motion at a nominal speed.
Removing Orval's EZ Pull™
Grasp the rope about 8" to 10" below the
roller end, fold it back into the slot and give it
a pull toward you.
To remove rope from EZ
pull. Grab the rope about
10" below the EZ Pull and
fold the rope back in the
slot and give it a pull
toward you. Then it will
snap right out.
Chain should be about 14"
from buoy. This length
works best for me.
Dickinson Heater
The Dickinson heater is run on diesel which is provided by a pulse pump in the engine
compartment. A breaker on the panel provides power. Please monitor it closely and
follow the directions provided in the manual for operation.
Low pressure fuel pump
Lighting Procedure
1. Turn on the fuel pump or open the gravity feed valve to allow fuel to
flow into the oil metering valve on the stove.
2. Open the lid and twist the superheater so the bottom makes a good
contact with the bottom of the burner.
3. Lift and turn the oil metering valve knob on to setting #5 for 2
minutes to accumulate 2 tablespoons of oil in the bottom of the burner
4. Then turn the oil metering valve OFF.
5. Twist a piece of tissue, light it and throw it into the pool of oil in the
burner pot. Use a poking tool to push the lit paper into the pool of oil.
6. Once the oil has ignited, replace the lid.
7. Turn the draft assist fan on to the medium speed (6 o’clock) then turn
it back down to the slowest speed (4 o’clock).
8. After a few minutes, watch the flames grow above the top burner ring
where they should burn at all times.
9. It will take approx. 5-10 minutes for the priming fuel to burn. Once
the flames drop back down into the burner pot it’s time to turn the oil
metering valve back on.
10. Lift and turn the oil metering valve knob to setting #2.5 and turn the
fan OFF and watch the flames grow back to above the top burner ring.
11. Wait 20 minutes for the heater and chimney pipe to warm up before
you adjust the valve further.
*NOTE: The flames must ALWAYS burn above the top burner ring
regardless of the valve setting.
***DANGER: If the flames go out at any point at this stage, turn the
valve off and wait 5-10 minutes for the burner to cool. Re-lighting warm
diesel or a flooded burner can result in an explosion. *Do not use
gasoline or any other flammable materials to light the burner. Do not
operate this heater unattended.
Pot Puller
The pot puller on the davit is an electric capstan. A push button switch located on the
gunnel near the davit turns it on. It is powered by a breaker near the starboard fuel tank in
the engine room. Use care when pulling pots. Do not pull too hard, personal injury and/or
damage to the boat can occur.
Pot Puller Breaker
An Achilles raft is onboard for shore excursions. Take care in where you land the raft as
sharp rocks and barnacles will puncture the raft. You are responsible for damage to the
raft. Always wear a life jacket and be prepared while ashore. Remember to take adequate
safety equipment, food and water, and to be mindful of tidal and weather conditions.
Returning the Vessel
It is your responsibility to return the vessel in the condition in which you received it. Fuel
tanks must be full and the boat needs to be clean. Portable toilets also need to be emptied.
Cleaning supplies will be provided to you after you unload and prior to final checkout.
Plan accordingly. If you run off for the tunnel and leave the boat messy, you will be
charged a steep cleaning fee.
Whittier Harbor
Make arrangements with the Harbor Master if you plan to stay in the harbor overnight.
You are responsible for moorage fees while you are renting the vessel.
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