Gardner 6LYTi Rebuild in Mallorca

We were asked to visit a yacht in Mallorca and given reports that there had been a main engine failure. The engines installed were a pair of Gardner 6LYTi engines, the LG400 series, some of the last engines produced by the Gardner factory and certainly the last engines designed. There had been some work done to the starboard engine shortly before the failure and due to the complexities of the 6LYTi and specific modifications required…

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On-Site Twin 8L3 Engine Overhaul in Italy

After a recent full refit of classic yacht Destiny in Sanremo, Italy, we were called in to bring the standard of the main engines and gearboxes up to that of the rest of the vessel. The engines are a handed pair Gardner 8L3 engines with Gardner 3UC gearboxes, and installed in the Camper & Nicholson Built vessel in 1958. The overhaul of the engines involved us removing over 3000kgs of parts from both engines, including…

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Gardner 6LXDT Turbo Supplied to Ireland

We were contacted by a vessel owner in Ireland looking for options for his Gardner 6LXDT engine, installed in his working vessel for many years and now in need of an overhaul. We were able to offer an engine on a full service exchange from our stock, reducing his downtime during his off season. Our engine was fully stripped and rebuilt using all new parts, including new pistons and liners manufactured by us one year…

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Classic Boat Magazine Article

We are proud to be mentioned in this months Classic Boat Magazine, as being involved with the restoration of the Motor Yacht 'Life Aquatic'. Page 38 if you wish to skip straight there... Our 5th mention in the magazine this year.

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Sunken 8L3B Engine Re-installed

After a very unexpected call earlier in the year from one of our clients explaining that his yacht had sunk, it was a race against time to try to save the single Gardner 8L3B from deteriorating any further due to sea water ingress. The vessel, named "Ada Hardy" from Sydney, Australia, was half way through a round the world voyage and was in Barcelona, Spain when the incident happened after being launched by a local…

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4L3 Overhaul from 1934

After a challenging project, we have now completed the top end overhaul of a 4L3 engine dating from 1934 on vessel "Emblem", a 50 foot trawler yacht. The engine has been sea water cooled since she was installed over 80 years ago, and was suffering from overheating due to sediment in the cylinder blocks and cylinder heads. However, after substantial time was spent carefully removing the corrosion and in some cases cast iron welding corroded…

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New Gardner Spare Parts Website

We are very pleased to finally announce the launch of our new spares website, www.gardnerspares.com that has the ability for on-line parts purchasing. It has taken over 6 months to complete the website from conception to launch, but we are very happy with the final outcome. There are over 450 parts available to purchase on-line and we can ship anywhere in the world. It is only a small selection of our 10,000+ parts stockholding, but…

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Marine 6LXB Engine Dispatched to Far East

The end of January saw the completion of a Gardner 6LXB engine, fully overhauled with a new cooling system installed. It is destined for a new build, single screw vessel for round the world cruising. As such, the discerning client requested an original cooling system, which we gladly built and installed, including a bronze impeller Gilkes raw water pump, new tubular heat exchanger, and all cupronickel hard pipework. The engine is coupled to a new…

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A busy start to 2016

The month of January is always a busy time for us due to the start of the maintenance period for both commercial vessels and yachts. Our in house engine rebuild schedule is particularly busy with 5 engines in simultaneous build with 3 more in preparation stage. The engines currently in build are (from left to right on the aerial photo): - Gardner 2LW being built for a small Launch. - Gardner 6LXB being built for…

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Twin 8L3B Engine Overhaul draws to a close

After one week of engine dismantle, removing over 2 tonnes of engine parts through the 60cm squared hatch, 3 weeks of workshop overhaul work and a further one week of re-assembly, the engine overhaul is drawing to a close. The fuel pumps were the last items to be delivered to the vessel located in Villefranche dry dock, South of France. The vessel, Over the Rainbow of London, has had a full middle, top end and…

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