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First truly stupid mistake sailing
So, it's been a little while since I took my boat out(a year), well, lo' and behold, I forgot to turn the saltwater valve on for the diesel....within a couple hundred yards outside the breakwater my engine compartment started billowing smoke, I turned my engine off and broke out the extinguisher....nothing was ablaze, but I had to run it again to get back home after I smoked it once(no wind, didnt feel like asking for a tow), but I didn't realize my folly until the drive home, when I was thinking about how I had checked all the fluids etc...."OH! The VALVE!". Needless to say, I was only more frustrated by figuring out what was wrong. So I drove back to the marina to redeem the day, turned the valve ON, and headed back out to sea, granted, the engine performed much better this time but it slowly started smoking again and I think my engine is making some new funny sounds, I didnt sinch down the radiator cap super tight, I thought maybe that was it(probably not).....I figured I'd give it a day or two to let her cool down before I tried to turn it back on, and then maybe magically everything will be just like it was before, I hear diesels are tough puppies, so Im hopeful, or is there a high possibility of a mechanic being needed? I know next to nothing about engines, and am basically just curious if other people have done a similar thing and what happened to them. Thanks!