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Old 28-05-2021, 16:36   #1
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Sailboat on trailer

Hi, I have a 1973 pearson 30 sitting on a trailer. Can I somehow start diesel motor without hurting boat or motor?
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You can usually start and run a small marine diesel for no more than 20 seconds, near idle, with no damage. Be sure it's got engine oil, obviously. when I worked with a mechanic, that's how we'd "test-fire" engines during spring commissioning, after changing fuel filters and priming.
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Can you get cooling water to it?
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See if you can remove the strainer for the raw water intake on the bottom of the hole..
If you can shove a hose right up it and wedge it in then get someone to turn it on as you fire up the engine..
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Thanks everyone for all the help.
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Run the water intake line to a bucket of water. Have hose in bucket to continue to fill. Folks do this all the time with various types of engines





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