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Good Day All
I have an interesting tale to tell and a question.
I put my sailboat in the water and after checking all the seacocks, fuel shutoffs etc (I have a Hunter 326 with a 3G Yanmar diesel) and after letting it idle for atleast 10-15 minutes I put the boat in gear and started to get under weigh for the first time this season.
The boat promptly stalled once I was in the channel. I was fortunate that the winds were light and I was blown back to a T dock at the same marina. No crime no foul.
Obviously, what happened was all my fault and I was fortunate that everything went well (aside from an elevated heart rate?!?)
What I learned was my diesel was not primed. The fuel in my primary filter was maybe 3/4 and the filter just before the injectors was 2/3 full. My stalling was a result of the engine not being primed.
This is the second year I had with boat and my first mechanic did everything with me right there. He made certain that he showed me he changed all the bits/filters/impellers and that after he changed the filters he primed the filters. The engine started up and ran just fine last year.
My new mechanic did not want me around (not that I blame him) but it appears that he did not prime the filters with diesel fuel? Could he have and the filters drained this year during the winter layup?
I know I did make a rookie mistake and was lucky.
However, my question (sorry for the long winded fill in) is, what should I expect of a mechanic when he does the engine winterizing; filters, oil, impeller, and engine zinc?