Catalina 30 TRBS #2889 "Northern Light"
5411 diesel engine mounts
Stock engine mount. Very non-compliant!
The new engine mounts are Vetus K50 just as other C-30 owners have used.
The Vetus mounts make a huge difference in engine noise transmitted to the hull.
Being much more mechanically compliant than the stock mounts, they do bring
two issues that have already been documented on the list over the years:
- the engine shakes prominently and everything rattles if idle speed is a bit too low, and
- despite careful engine/shaft alignment the propeller shaft exhibits
mechanical resonance at certain RPMs (slow beat frequency and possible
shaft contact with the narrow shaft tunnel.)
Both issues must be managed.
- The idle shake is the easier one and is managed
by raising idle speed a bit. With the addition of
pedestal mounted engine controls
that have an idle detent arrangement, it's easy to adjust the idle speed at the engine
and stay out of the shake range.
- The shaft resonance occurs (I think) because
of the inevitable slight engine/shaft misalignment that dynamically occurs
with the more compliant engine mounts. To manage it, I'll first check my
cutlass bearing, but I suspect that minor engine mount adjustments (while
motoring at certain speeds) will be more significant in mitigating or
eliminating the resonance. Beyond those fixes, it might also be possible
to add significant static mass to the engine (for instance across the two
rear mounts straddling the transmssion,) or by adding a mass (more significant
mass than a new zinc) to the propeller shaft. Both fixes would serve to lower
mechanical resonant frequency somewhere below the idle frequency which is to
say "the system will still resonate but not at normal any operating condition."
I did try out the concept of a "PTS-like" disk that I made out
of 1/4" polyethelene installed between the transmission flange
and shaft flange using nuts as standoffs.
Here's the installed view. But, it didn't really make a
difference in the resonance. Perhaps a real PTS coupler would.