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    Posted: 21 Nov 2014 at 5:41pm
Hello all. I have a Volvo 2030D engine in Zoom. I believe the hours to be very low although I think the engine was installed at least eight years ago. 
Does anybody have any experience with these Nordic beasts?
Specifically, the engine gauge panel appears to be faulty. The rev counter registers different numbers than what I feel the engine to be turning, the hour meter does not read, and the temp gauge reads quite low even though a heat gun says the engine temp is normal.
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I think having a Volvo fitted in a Co32 is a little unusual so I am not sure how many on here will be able to help.

You may be better asking for assistance on a more general sailing forum such as the one on www.ybw.com.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waratah912 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Nov 2014 at 4:18pm
We have a Volvo, but it's a 2002, so an older model. 
The tachometer behaves oddly, but that's because it's for a 24v system in a 12v installation (don't ask....but if anyone needs a 24v Volvo tacho....), result is it reads something like double, goes off scale and then starts all over again! Marginally more useful than one that doesn't work at all.
A 2030 is probably more power than you can dissipate through a 2 blade prop in the standard CO32 aperture, so you may be under prop'd and the engine is running light. If in doubt about the temperature, change the thermostat, it may be sticking open. They are available from all good Volvo stockists for their normal bargain prices! I've changed ours twice in 25 years ownership and always carry a spare. Mine have failed shut which is more of a problem, especially on a raw water cooled engine.
So long as the high temp and no charge alarms work and you get 6+ knots while cruising, enjoy the scenery and ignore the instruments :)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Zoom 495 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Nov 2014 at 9:58pm
Thank you Gentlemen for the responses.
The Volvo 2030 was installed by the previous owner and I believe it is a Campbell Sailor 3 blade prop that was mounted at the same time. I have no doubt the vessel has more engine than it needs, but the tach reads low, which is weird.
Is this an unusual engine for a Co 32 because of it`s size, or are they just plain unpopular?
Cheers,k
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I suspect they are less popular when replacing an engine due to their initial cost and cost of parts. Nothing wrong with Volvo engines, in fact they are very good and common in new build boats from the main manufacturers (Ben/Jen/Bav/etc).   
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waratah912 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Nov 2014 at 5:20pm
I suspect Volvo are also probably larger and heavier than the competition too
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Zoom 495 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Nov 2014 at 5:58pm
Well regardless of their cost or weight, their electrickary leaves a little to be desired. And thanks for the heads up on the cost of spares. I will start sourcing some items now to get the best price possible on items I will eventually need.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote waratah912 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Nov 2014 at 7:16pm
There's another thread on the forum about the spring washer that retains the stop and throttle mechanisms - definitely worth keeping an eye on that!


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I think this engine is actually a Perkins Perama M30, but painted green instead of blue. We have the Perkins M20 in Blue Jalma. It's appears identical to the Volvo 2020 except for the gearbox. In my experience the parts are interchangeable, but they cost more if they come in a Volvo box.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote George Isted Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Nov 2014 at 9:44am
More interesting (if you like that sort of thing) info on the Perkins Perama M30/Volvo 2030 here....
http://coxengineering.sharepoint.com/Pages/EngineDerivations.aspx
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