This is a great engine.
We got the boat in the water recently, "Erika", a Yorktown 36 just recently and sailed last Friday. Owner invited me to shakedown.
Unfortunately there was no hose clamp on one of the fuel
hoses to the fuel pump
and the engine died as we were making our way around a mooring because air was introduced into the fuel system
Then, what happened is a classic in what not to do
. I knew better but forgot and the whole thing was a tragedy for awhile. We sailed around the mooring
field a few times while sorting out what to do next. The owner and a sailing friend were below bleeding and trying to start the engine. I convinced the owner to just climb in the dinghy
and hold up the mooring lines and I'd sail in and our crew could catch them. Worked like a charm. What didn't work like a charm was trying to get the engine started after mooring.
Owner and crew had cranked the engine a couple of times to fire it up. It started and then quit immediately. After mooring we started to bleed the fuel
filters and found we were not getting any fuel to the #1 injector. Decided to stop trying but only after it was too late. We had already pumped seawater through the exhaust valves and into the air intake. This is what I forgot, we had not closed the seawater cooling seacock
when cranking the engine to bleed the injectors.
The rest of the story!
Crew and I went ashore while owner did a few things to the engine. He took the air cleaner and intake manifold off and took off the water pump hoses and blew as much water out of them as he could. I called him and suggested he spray WD40 in the air intake while turning the engine over by hand (using compression
The next day we rowed out to the boat, Bled the fuel system including the side of the injector pump
, top of the injector pump
and the injectors and made certain fuel was going to the injectors. We did not
open the cooling water seacock at this point. We spun the engine with the compression
release lever open then close it and it fired. We immediately shut it down. Then we check all oil
levels to make certain no water was in any lubrication oil
the seacock for cooling water. We then spun the engine closed the compression release lever and it fired and we ran it for 5-10 minutes checking cooling water and temperature as well as oil pressure. All was ok.
We got very lucky indeed!
This engine has a direct seawater cooling system.
As I said, this is a great little two cylinder diesel
engine. Very simple and can be hand started easily.