The boat has been on the hard since Fall 2005. I had it surveyed on Friday. It started on the 2nd attempt (started on the hard) - in 42 degree weather and after it had been pouring rain for 12 hours. Prior weather has been freezing cold for weeks (live in CT).
Question 1 - most references I have read state that a diesel - if all is OK - it should start on first try. I assume that it didn't start on first crank since it has been sitting for a long time. Does this make sense?
its been sitting for over a year, and it started. consider yourself very lucky
Question 2 - Would you recommend replacing all the filters and impeller since it has been sitting for a while? Should I replace the flax in the stuffing box?
replace all filters & fluids, engine oil, tranny oil, fuel... poste haste.
replace the packing? why? get it in the water, then take a look.
Question 3 - the fuel tank is full. But it is probably ca. 2005 gas. PO sai it was treated, etc. But do you think it is worth pumping out old fuel and replacing with fresh fuel?
yup, the quicker the better, unless the boat will be on the hard for another 4-6 months. Use "biocide" to clean out any junk.
Question 4 - ultra low sulfur fuel is being sold now. I hear there may be issues with this. Any comments on potential impact here? I know for gas engines the cutover from MTBE to Ethanol has cause lots of issues...
no impact to you or your boat, your engine is of a new enough design to handle it just fine.
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