Catalina 22, Catalina 27
Join Date: May 2009
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This weekend I mad esome progress. Thank you all for your tips and wisdom.
I ended up purging the whole fuel system. I popped he fuel tank guage loose to peak inside the tank and was pleasantly suprised that it appears to be in good condition. I noticed only a few water bubbles in the reisidual fuel.
I filled the tank with 6gal of fuel and started purging the fuel lines. I disconnected the fuel lines near the A4 and attached a rubber hose to drain the waste fuel into another contained. All in all, I drained approx three tea spoons of water from the lines, fuel pump, and sediment bowl. There was an enormous amount of garbage in the sediment bowl too, despite the fuel filters. Incredible.
On the bright side, I can't see any additional water being caught in the Racor separator in between from the tank. This is great news. With the fuel lines purges, carb drained and refilled I have a silky smooth Atomic 4 that will not run above idle. It turns out that the jets appeared to be clogged from trash in the fuel. Cleaning the trashed jets didn't fix the issue either.
I broke the carb down to find an alarming amunt of debris, corrosion, etc in there. I have since ordered a rebuilt carburetor from Moyer and I hope that this will solve the problems with the engine. As an added precaution, I have also purchased the fuel pump rebuild kit as I am very afraid of the idea of the fuel pump allowing fuel to go into the crankcase. Being that a large portion of garbage fuel has passed through the system, I have lost faith in the diaphram of the fuel pump.
Once again, thank you to everyone who has given me advice. I really appreciate the thoughts and wisdom from more experienced sailors.
1977 Catalina 22, Swing Keel
1977 Catalina 27, Std Rig, A4- Hull #3243
Last edited by Adam1986; 05-18-2009 at 10:35 PM.