Nothing too embarrassing to admit there. There are honest boaters and then there are those that have never wrapped a line, bumped a dock
, or run aground. If you sail long enough you'll end up doing most of those...
I have an A4 with an electric fuel pump
although not the one Moyer sells. While working on the engine
the other year I accidentally pulled the wire leads from the pump. Not wanting to uninstall the pump to see which lead was which (they are ambigous colors) I made a guess figuring I had a 50/50 chance of being right. I made the guess and lo and behold I had it wrong. The fuel pump
really only likes to be run with the voltage going the right way!
A bit of wiring
and a new fuse holder, seeing as it didn't have one before, and a BIG fire extinguisher in the lazerette locker got me going again.
Look over the wiring
for the engine
, make sure the insulation
is not brittle, cracked, or burned through. I agree with the others the plastic smell is a bad omen.
As for me I usually clean my carb at the beginning of every season. I have a new fuel tank
and fitlers and it still gets crud in it. I may be a bit overly obsessed with this but I also had the float stick and dribble fuel
out down there which is scary.
Make sure you don't have any electrical
wires touching the hot elbow
of the engine exhaust
or anything like that. Good luck.