Originally Posted by FraidNot
Great info guys - thanks very much - this is helping my peace of mind!
I have a lot of faith in the motor
- it was handled with kid gloves by last owners - the oil
spectral analysis came up very well and it hasn't missed a beat in the 6 months I've had it. I've change oil
and fuel/oil filters - and all fuel
goes in via racor
pouring filter etc etc.
I'm assuming that if it does fail - the most likely, and first thing to change is the fuel filter
on the fuel tank
(I have one on board) - if so - then the short run back to Green Island - change filter and see how that goes.
I think VMR is probably better, given advice above - than me using the tender
. Usually 10 to 15kts at Manly and some current
Anyone know how much a VMR tow costs ??
I do not want to come across as an expert because I am not. However I do think you have to approach this theoretical problem differently. You need to develop understanding of all your boat systems because sooner or later something will go wrong. Things do break on boats and you need to have the know how and the confidence to get out of the situation or else you will stay close to rescue
all the time and never really set sail.
For example we practice picking up our mooring
under sail in anticipation of engine cutting out on approach to mooring
If engine cuts out why?
getting to the engine - do you know how to check?
Is your fuel tank
clean and have you plenty fuel?
Any time my engine has cut out (very uncomfortable feeling!!!), it has been because of fuel blockage.
I may not be putting my point across well. If you are master of the ship you sail, you are responsible for the safety
of your crew. You can only relax and enjoy your sailing if you know how to cope in most situations. don't rely on others coming to your aid - your starting point should be; I am going to learn to deal with any imagined tricky situations myself.
Good luck and good sailing!