Courtney the Dancer
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: San Juan Islands., WA, USA
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I don't know of any reason why it would hurt the engine as everyone else has said.
One caution though, from personal experience, is that depending on where your fuel pick up tube is in your fuel tank, and the location/configuration of the tank and how much fuel you have in it, you can suck air into the fuel line and thus kill the engine which will require bleeding the whole system if you motor while heeled over. In my case we had two tanks, located port/starboard of the engine, with a cross over line open between them (bad design). The only fuel pick up tube was in the port tank and we were on a port tack at about 15-20 degrees. I started the engine in anticipation of going into an anchorage and of course the fuel was mostly in the starboard tank and the engine died within a few minutes of starting it.
SV Laurie Anne
1988 Brewer 40 Pilothouse