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Bleeding a Westerbeke 33 ?

A friend is moving my sailboat, and I'd like to give him some instructions for bleeding the fuel lines in case he encounters any issues.

It's a long story, but the boat is a new purchase and in another country, and I haven't had the pleasure of tinkering with it. The engine is a 1984 Westerbeke 33.

Anyone familiar with this engine and able to give a quick bleed procedure for me? Thanks so much,

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According to this brochure from 1986 it states that it has a self bleeding fuel system. Don't know if any changes were made between 84 and 86.
1986 Westerbeke33 Brochure

Here is a manual for a Westerbeke generator. There are some decent graphics of the fuel system around pages 39-41. The fuel system should be very close the 33. It might help for explanation or familiarization of what is what to your friend. Westerbeke Generator Manual

I don't know if that helps you out or not.
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Most westerbrekes I've dealt with are self-bleeding... If it was another brand, I'd be worried about getting a diagram to him.
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Westerbeke uses a 12v electric fuel pump on all of it's engines. That makes them self bleeding.

All you have to do is turn the key to on and push in the 'pre-heat button', give it 1 minute if bleeding, 10-12 seconds on a cold start and 4-5 on a warm start, then push the starter. Should be the same on either the 'captain's' or the 'admiral' version.

Carry spare fuel pumps though. Any 12v marine rated diesel pump at 22 or so gph will do, WB parts are expensive. Obviously not as reliable per se as a mechanical pump, and there is no manual/mech backup.

The thing to do is to change the old filter first, as you have no idea how many hours it has on it. Then you don't need to worry about bleeding. I'd also carry a set of spare engine fuses (should be 10 amp, not sure that model). Bites to have a dead engine for want of a spare filter or fuse.
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Thanks everyone, your help is much appreciated -

My friend is moving it this weekend, I'll let you know how it goes!

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