I looked around and didn't find a thread along the lines of the problem I'm having so here's hoping I'm not a repeat. Looking to get a view point or two beyond the conclusions I'm drawing to see about getting this problem fixed.
Anyway, here is the story and my ideas. Couple weeks ago we were out, and the diesel just died when I went to throttle up a bit. Tried to start the boat, would run for a couple seconds and die. Checked the racor, full of fuel, no water, no grim. Got a tow, had the marina mechanic take a look and fix a couple of small things I needed attended too.
Mechanic looks at the boat after charging the battery back up after I killed it trying to get the boat going again, and it starts up right away for them. So we get the boat back, I top up the diesel with good fresh fuel, add some biobor, and some tank cleaner to be safe, and not really sure what else to try. We go out today and the engine dies again.
I'm wondering if the secondary filter could be clogged but fills up from gravity or something while the boat is at rest and if just eats what I can then starves and dies. Everything is supposed to be self bleeding, even the shop manual for the engine (westerbeke 10) stated the same, but I'm going to take another look at that when I get back to the marina.
I'm going to pull both filters and check them to see the state to be safe, especially the secondary as I don't know when that was last changed before I took ownership of the boat, the Racor is new. The fuel "looks" clean and there appears to be no presence of water in the bowl.
So any ideas what I should also look into? An hour of run time in an area with good currents and lots of freighter traffic before I can even get my sails up isn't too cool