Ok so I've been working on the boat for 10 dys now. I had a lot of problems that I hadn't anticipated like some nasy leaks
that ruined some cabinetry. !/2 step forward three steps back. But the biggie is a fuel
problem. I put access prts in my starboard tank. In order to do this I transfered the fuel
from the S tank to the P tank. cleaned the S tank everything looks good. Checked the battery
. 13.5vdc. Good. Turned the engine
by hand a couple of times everything good. Replaced the primary filter. Not needed but what the heck. So I'm going along motoring away from the yard and almost to the Marina when the engine
sputters than stops. On the edge of the shipping
channel in a furoious flood tide. I'm heading for the bridge piling. I don't have any sails
on the mast
or the forestay. Ok what to do. I dropped the anchor
. I'm drifting down toward the pier but the CQR
finally grabs. The boat spins around and I'm securely set.
Since I'm near or in the shipping
channel I give the CG a Pan Pan. I go below to bleed the engine. Well as I'm doing this the CG asks me to do this and that and one of there questions is Is there any shipping coming your way. I look up and then I answer yes I see a ship at Channel 10 miles away at the Columbia
Bar Spit. I go down and try to blled the engine -- It won't bleed. In fact I can't get any fuel to come up thru the injectors at all. A few more calls by the CG and a helocopter is flying above me. I didn't have a GPS
but the CG wanted my lat and long to see if I was in the channel I presume. Just then the Marina comes by with a 30 hp skiff slowly fighting the tide we make it back to the marina.
Here is the fuel problem. After the engine died and I was safe at the dock
I added an in line bulb (from an outboard) so that I could prime the engine easier. I've got it set between the primary filter and the secondary. When I pump the heck out of that I can get the engine to idle for five minutes or so. Then it dies. I changed the primary filter - again- and I still can't get it to work. I try to prime the engine with the lift
pump lever and nothing happens. My theory is that I have either 1) a leak tthat is letting in air 2) a faulty or plugged lift
pump (but whole engine its less than a year old) or 3) It's something I haven't thought of yet. Maybe I should replace the secondary filter. But I don't see that as the problem b/c it will idle when I pump the bulb. I guess the extra pressure from the bulb could push thru a mostly clogged secondary filter.
Can anyone help?