Well, 0800 and there I was on my way to Scarba. Super day, calm and sunny with the morning nip still in the air. 3500 revs and engine purring sweetly as we headed down the glassy loch.
, it suddenly slowed. Thinking I'd caught some seaweed or a plastic bag I slipped her into neutral and she stopped. No weed, no bag, no steam, no start. Symptoms were like fuel starvation, but clear liquid came out of the transom filter, not the brown stuff one might find in the tank at the beginning of the season.
Broken down, we were and not a soul in sight. Thank goodness for my tiny little Johnson, which got us back to the mooring at 3 knots.
Using the fast idle lever I managed to coax a bit of life from the engine, but no power and not for long. Still, it wasn't ignition, must be fuel. When I noticed the clear liquid running from the filter drain into the bilge didn't smell and was running off my then oily hands I had the answer. After a bit I saw the surface line marking the water petrol separation creeping down the glass. That was that then.It meant the whole engine fuel system was full of water
I've changed the engine filter, drained the float chambers, pumped fuel through until no more water seemed to be coming from the chambers. And it won't start
I'd value some advice as to what to try next. The boat's on a mooring and I'd rather not pull her out if I can help it.
Would it help to blow through the fuel feeds to the carbs? Should I just keep churning her over on the starter until she fires? Any ideas welcome (well, almost any).
OK, I know I could just have said, 'Ive fed my engine water, how do I get it going again?', but the whole thing was an adventure for me, so please bear with me. There's a pretty picture attached.