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It's a good idea to ventilate--either with natural ventilation or blowers--4 to 5 minutes before or after running any engine, and before and after using a propane stove. Just the habit alone can save you grief later on.

This was standard procedure on gasoline or diesel inboard vessels when I was teaching young men and women to become boat captains.

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I keep my motor permanently ventilated by storing on the transom. That's why I've forgotten the details behind this rule
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Inboard diesels generally have a fuel cutoff (or more than one). Its a good idea to find out where it is and make sure it is open, or it won't start. Also, if its been sitting a long time, it is possible that you will need to bleed (remove the air bubbles from) the fuel system. The main thing I would want to make sure of is that you have spent a little time learning some of the engine foibles, so that if the engine does crap out you are not at a loss. It would certainly be good to have someone accompany you.
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True, but most propane equipped boats should have the propane in a proper propane locker and the propane tank should have the valve shut unless actually using the stove.

The dinghy fuel can should not be stored where it can leak or let fumes collect in the bilge. It should be in a locker that vents OVERBOARD.

If it worries you that much, you should have a fume detector aboard and link it to a proper bilge blower to clear the bilges in the case of fumes being detected.

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I thought it was also to clear any possibility of a propane leak, fumes from the leaking dinghy gas can, etc. Am I mistaken?
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Good points here. My advice will be simple. If you're not comfortable starting the boat, you could probably use some assistance once you've got the engine started. Either find an avid boater without a boat who has a well-rounded boating background to help out in exchange for some time on the water, or find a professional who is sympathetic and will assist without charging you and arm and a leg. There are plenty of both around :-)
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What type of engine?
yanmar ysp series however im talking about starting the boat up. i know i put the key in ect. theres just two different round panels and then the switch board and i know i was susposed to do one thing to drain my water and another to get her going but i didnt write it down....i wish i had pics. damn, i feel like a noobie.


everyone has awesome advice

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MK, I've been following some of your threads but don't remember all the details of your boat.

Could you describe the setup?

What kind of motor does she have? Diesel inboard, or gas outboard? If it's an outboard, does it have an electric start or a pull cord? If you're not sure about these things, let us know and we can help you figure it out.

I second all the advice to get an experienced sailor to help you out. In the meantime you might as well learn as much as you can, so that when the experienced sailor comes along and pulls all the magic ropes and pushes the magic buttons, it will be at least a little familiar to you.
in board diesel i'll be at her this weekend so i'll get some pics
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mk maybe if you post your location one of the many helpful sailneters is in your area and willing to meet you at the boat for an hour to assist in figuring out the basics.
Way to many variables to catch you. Forget to open one valve ( or not know it's there) and by by engine.

If you in the Tampa Bay area I'll step up.

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wow great grammer...
make that If your in the Tampa Bay are...

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3 pages on starting an engine - it isn't that complicated
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You can't get help starting your boat on the internet. You need to find somebody to show you first hand.

If I was local and came down to your boat to help you start it, this is what I'd do:
Check the thru hull for the water intake is open. If it's closed you'll burn up the water pump impeller and overheat the motor.
Check the oil level, as Capt. Ron says, diesels love their oil
If it has fresh water cooling, check that level as well
Check the fuel valve is open
Turn the batteries on
Turn the engine key one click, that usually starts the glow plugs
Wait for the glow plugs to heat up
Be sure the transmission is in neutral
Turn the key to crank the motor

You might consider getting vessel assist or some kind of tow service before you move the boat. That way if you have problems you can always call for a tow. It will save you a lot of $$$ if you pay for it up front then wait until you need it.

Good luck.
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