So last Saturday night the plan was to head
out with the seabreeze to enjoy the sunset and moonrise and take in the cool of the day, such as it is in SW Florida
. Clearly I need to breakout the checklist I compiled when I first bought SweetPea because it was only after letting the engine
warmup, casting off lines, and backing out of the slip that I looked back to discover a dry exhaust
. It dawned on me immediately that I'd failed to open the raw water
intake. That was the first mistake.
I immediately jumped from the helm
down to open the seacock, my second mistake, perhaps. Dashing back up to the helm
, I observed us still moving astern toward the trawler
docked across the canal. Somehow I managed (I hope) to avoid further disaster and put the boat back into the slip, verified that cooling water
was now being circulated, and let the engine
run for a few minutes to cool down. The hot engine alarm
did not sound. In hindsight, I'm now wondering if I should have left the seacock closed in the event that the impeller had disintegrated and, thus, preventing the remains from being pumped into the engine. Total running time PRIOR to the water
being turned on was approximately 10-12 minutes.
Opinions? Was turning on the water a second mistake? How bad will it be?
I'll go to the boat tomorrow and check out the pump and impeller hoping that the rubber is all in the pump and not in the cooling
system and report back.