So last night was the scariest moment in my yachting career so far...
was great and I decided to cross the Golf of Lion, from Spain
to Marseille, in my Cranchi motoryacht
I got this boat
a few months back. It is 10 years old and has two Volvo Penta
D9 engines, both recently serviced. The fuel tank
was all topped up for this trip.
Just as I came to the middle of the sea, 50 miles from land on either side, the port side engine
developed a problem and stopped. There was actually smoke coming from the flybridge dashboard.
I suspect something with the EVC control system. But that is not the bad part...
Just seconds later, the starboard engine
I fiddled with this for a few hours.... but to make a long story short, could not get either engine going again. My mechanical skills are limited to the most basic of matters.
Eventually, thanks to VHF
, I got the French rescue
services to come and tow the boat
Now, as I am here stuck in a remote
corner of France
, I have a number of questions... but the most important is with regards to the starboard engine. The second one to stop in this case...
It does not seem to get any diesel
. Indeed, it seems like this engine is depending on the other one going, in order to get fuel
I will get a professional to look into this, but in the mean time would appreciate any ideas you might have...
What could possibly cause the engines to not work independently?
I have a theory that someone might have implemented a quick fix in the past, perhaps bypassing a broken part rather than replacing it...
Like the alternator
on the starboard side.
This would go against the main lesson I have learned about yaching:
Always have two or more separate propulsion
Learned the hard way, of course.