It is not uncommon for the Racor lid seal to leak. You usually get a new one with each new filter. But some folks forget to replace the old seal with the new one. Also the center bolt/screw that holds the Racor lid in place has an O-ring that can break or leak.
- - Injection pumps normally do not have a "lift pump" or low pressure pump built into them. They will suck fuel but it is not good for the injection pump as air can get into the injection pump chambers and scour the walls for lack of lubrication.
- - You can install a "Walbro" electric diesel
pump in the fuel system and see of operating with the electric fuel pump
solves the problem. If it does then most likely the mechanical lift pump is defective and needs rebuilding or replacing.
- - A sailboat need an engine so you can get into and out of marinas
, moorings, channels and harbors. You must stay clear of freighters and other big ships in a harbor and channel which is near impossible without an engine. And sometimes the wind
is right on the bow or no wind
at all, and you really need to get home/destination and you will fire up the "iron genny" to do it.