After a long winter being docked I still managed epic boat shenanigans.  However, all good things must come to an end.  When the hint of spring weather fills the air all the boat horny mariner’s get all frisky.  Polishing their boats, buying new gear and dreams of grandeur of sailing off into the distance.   I know know exactly how they feel cause I’m one of them!

During the winter months all the liveaboards move to a central area and during launch we move to our permanent slips.  Well, out of the whole fleet guess who’s boat would not start?   Seriously?   I already had to endure not having a fridge for the last 4 months now the engine won’t fire up!   I had visions of $$$ flying out of my pocket and huge headaches.

Looking like a total loser I had to ask a friend to tow me as close to my slip so as to drift into it.  Can you imagine gauging how much speed I needed to slingshot a 27,000 lbs boat safely into a slip?  Thankfully, I rated myself A+ with my judgement skills and landed perfect.

SO…why am I writing this post?  Oh ya lessons learned!

Don’t panic!

Mr. David Frid another liveaboard came over and helped me troubleshoot the problem.   Thank-god he fixed it because I was at the mercy of a marine mechanic figure it out and all it ended up costing me was a bottle of rum!

What he did was started pulling the fuel hoses off from the engine.  NO FUEL!   But there was fuel in the tank.  We pulled more hoses all the way up to the hose that goes from the tank to the fuel filter.  NO FUEL!  I ended up blowing air into the hose leading up to the fuel tank and I could hear bubbles.  No blockage!  The hose goes over a board so the fuel won’t flow down with gravity.  So how do we get the hose to prime through the system….don’t even bother using that little primer on the pump…your finger will fall off!  lol

So, Mr. Frid pulls the hose that goes directly into the fuel pump and poured fuel directly into it.  It took about 3 cups of diesel.  (Warning:  Make sure there is no lint or dirt in the fuel you’re pouring in.  You will clog your injectors and cause even more problems)

He them primed it a little more with the manual pump to really get it in there.  We fired it up and voila the engine caught!

We shut off the engine and attached all our hoses.  Turned on the engine and let it run for a while and works like a charm.

This particular lesson!

Don’t be afraid to pull the fuel hoses off.  Just because you have fuel in your tank doesn’t mean there is fuel in the lines.

The cause!

When the engine was running for a bit the fuel inject pump itself had a small drip.   David’s thought process came to the conclusion that it was enough that during the winter the hoses lost pressure and evaporate the fuel inside the hoses.

Well for the Perkins 4.108 it looks like a fuel pump rebuild and will coat….guess?   $1000.  Perhaps there might be a cheaper solution which I will have to investigate over the spring.  In the meantime a small drip isn’t going to kill me.  I’ll just put a tin can under it for now.