Martin called out Seastart, who got hold of Honda. They said told him to take out the spark plugs to see if there is any trace of fuel on them. Sure enough, they were very damp with unbunt petol. A quick dry off and clean did the trick and the engine fired first time. Martin has ordered a new set of plugs and Honda have told him that this will solve the problem.
Does this sound correct? I am surprised that a 7 month old engine, with full service history, should foul its plugs. I'm no engineer, but I wonder if this fouling is a side effect of another problem - ignition/kill cord switch perhaps - and then turning the engine over many times & flooding the cylinder heads.
We are taking the boat back to from Salcombe to Poole on Sunday and are a little worried about the problem recurring. Whilst we have an aux engine, we would prefer to do the trip at 40knts rather than 4!
Any comments would be welcomed.
I miss the sound of an Etec in the morning