I just bought a '74 Columbia 34 with a 1989 Westerbeke 30b.
The diesel has only 150 hours -- less than 10 hours per year!
The PO swears he started the engine at least once per month.
I ran the engine for over an hour during the sea trial with no problems.
The fuel gauge showed about 7/8 full and the needle wiggles around.
A week later I take possession.
I turn on the key and the fuel gauge is dead. Kaput. No reading.
I tap on the side of the fuel tank to make sure it is still nearly full.
So I start the engine and run it in and out of gear for 20 minutes at the dock.
We shove off and 15 minutes later we come to a draw bridge.
I do a "figure 8" while waiting for the bridge to open.
The diesel suddenly stops but I am able to restart it immediately.
A tight turn or a big powerboat wake kills the engine every time.
There's about a five second delay before the engine stops.
So when a decent wake hits I can count to five and bingo no engine or it almost quits and I keep it going by working the throttle.
A pretty neat trick but my wife is not impressed.
The Racor bowl appears clean.
There's no sediment in it at all.
Will the pink dye in the diesel also dye any water pink?
the racor may be full of pink water.
I am told that if I drain the Racor I will have to bleed the fuel system.
I am also told that my diesel is "self bleeding" and go ahead and drain.
I don't know what to believe.
Thanks for any help...