Bad fuel can come from anywhere – you can pick it up at some fuel dock or it can just sit in your tanks long enough to go bad. If dealt with in a timely manner, you can save some expense later. If not, you will need to have your tanks pumped and cleaned.
In the winter, we decommission vessels. During that process many things happen that keep the boat from freezing, many of which leave the boat in an “unready” state for use. When spring rolls around we go back and commission systems to put things back in the ready state. Some people do not understand the implications or processes involved with commissioning vessels. When the warmer weather comes, I pull my lawnmower out, prime it a bit and pull the cord. A boat is not that simple. Continue reading
The common system with one secondary and one primary fuel filter does a fine job of cleaning the fuel that enters the injection pump. This works fine until you end up with contaminants in your fuel. As fuel filters get more and more clogged, you find your engine starving for fuel.
The stuffing box is the last line of defense between the water and your engine room. It allows the shaft to be in two places at once – inside the boat and outside the boat – almost like magic! Continue reading
Vibration problems seem to have multiple causes. Most causes though, seem to have a common result – bearing wear. Most engine related vibrations are transmitted down the length of the shaft causing bearing wear. Worn bearings need to be replaced, but first you need to determine and rectify the vibration problem. Continue reading
Maintaining your engine room is essential for retaining the value of your boat as well as proper performance. Even if you are checking your engine room on a regular basis, a dirty engine room appears as an un-maintained boat. Continue reading
Batteries, like anything else on your boat, are an investment that need to be maintained properly to achieve maximum longevity. If you don’t want to be constantly buying new batteries, you should take the following steps Continue reading