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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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