We've had a situation come up twice during the past three weeks which required an essential emergency
tool that we were lucky to have onboard, nothing else would have worked in each situation.
A length of new fuel
hose long enough to reach from the engine fuel tank
pick up directly to the engine fuel filter
One time were were stuck drifting in a busy channel without wind
and no engine due to an air leak somewhere in the fuel
system.... the length of hose saved us. Just the other day, no engine and no generator
while anchored with moderate 15-20 knot
winds predicted with not-so-good holding. Again, an air leak causing massive air to be sucked into the engine; but the hose allowed me to diagnose and repair the problem, plus... it could have gotten me out of a potential jam if I hadn't been able to find the source of air coming into the system.
'Just thought I'd throw this one out there in case some folks hadn't thought to have this important tool. I know I didn't, but on the first occasion I remembered that I hadn't yet thrown away an old outboard
hose when I'd replaced it two weeks prior; very glad I still had it.
Also with the spare hose and a small jerry can of diesel
, you can quickly diagnose if the problem is with the engine or the fuel delivery
When you need the hose, nothing else will work to get you out of the mess. The spare hose now resides in the ditch bag.