Ok, so I am new to boating
and a new owner of my first boat, a Pearson
10M. I understand gas engines well enough as I have owned and fixed my own motorcycles for the last 30 years, but know little about Marine
Diesels . Please correct my terminology, I need to learn and communicate properly. The Engine
is a Yanmar
It looks like I will be taking the boat out for the first time tomorrow so I started the engine
to see if all is Ok. Other than the cable to the kill lever(?) being a bit out of adjustment all was ok expect for one problem. Yes, not being able to kill the engine was a bit of a situation but I figured it out fast enough. I am not a moron unless you question my girlfriend.
There is a plastic tank behind the engine with two large ( about 4") hoses attached to it, I assume this is the water muffler
? At the bottom of this tank is a small plastic drain that leak about 2 drips a second while the engine is running. I cannot hand turn the drain to tighten. The leaking fluid appears to be salt water
, it is clear and salty. (Yeah, I tasted it)
My questions are:
Can I run the engine in this condition assuming I am not worried about the small amount of water
. ( should I be?)
Should I just try tightening the drain? Its all plastic and I don't want to break it.
Sorry no pics, phone
was dead. Thanks!