While I'm a firm believer in 'use it or lose it', I think modern internal combustion engines can withstand a tremendous amount of abuse before failing. When the starboard fuel tank
started leaking, I drained the remaining fuel
out of it and just ran on the port tank - for three years. Unfortunately, this meant that I couldn't use my Westerbeke
7KW genset without re-plumbing it to the port tank (the genset only had a pick-up on the starboard tank). When we finally got around to replacing the fuel tanks
, I started the genset as I normally would and it ran fine. In fact, we took off to Mexico
and ran it almost daily without any problems.
I am not recommending that equipment
be ignored but I do feel that many people tend to 'baby' equipment
more than is necessary. I have worked in the heavy equipment industry and in more than a few instances have seen equipment sit idle for years and then returned to service
without any harmful effects. Modern lubricants do an amazing job at protecting internal engine parts
Fair winds and calm seas.