So, an update for you all...
We continued to have issues, and the mechanic came back.
This time, it would not start for him, and then stalled shortly afterwards.
He re-bled the system, and thought that perhaps he had not done so
adequately when he serviced.
It was running fine.
We continued to test it over the next few days, and had no issues.
So, we set out on our first overnight sail, our destination some 3 to 4 hours away by sail with good wind.
All was well until we decided to start the kicker to help avoid a sudden cloudburst when....it started, labored and stalled again.
It did this continually til we reached destination, and we were able to get it into the dock.
On the way home, 9 miles out from our departure point, it just died.
We limped home in 18 knot gusters, and 2 meter swells = about 6 ft.
I helmed back, and was having a ball!!!!!
Sorry, lost track there....
That being said, we had to get a tow into the marina, and waited all day the next day for another mechanic to no-show/no-call. Our lovely slip mate and bordering neighbors got down there and tore the engine open.
Looks like the fuel line
and possibly the pump
are the culprits, allowing air.
We tested with the engine disconnected from the fuel line
, and a jerry can of diesel being sucked straight in. Purred like the proverbial kitten.
We are ordering new parts from the pump
back to the tank, and will hopefully have some resolution to the issue.
Will let you know.
Thanks for all of your suggestions!!