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Getting the Season Started

Well, it’s been a long, long time since I updated the site. As I mentioned in my last post, I made a big change at work, moving from working for another company back to running my own business (TourismBuilder.com) and it’s kept me extremely busy. But I’ve also been delayed in starting the 2017 sailing season by the simple fact that the engine won’t start.

In my last post I mentioned how I tried to make one last trip in the fall with no engine, over to Zushi (where we now live) to see the fireworks. Although the fireworks were nice, the trip was pretty tiring. It took 3 hours to sail the last 500 meters into harbour, an experience I have no desire to repeat. As much as I hate to admit it, sailboats do need an engine sometimes.

I installed the new starter a couple months ago, but still haven’t been able to get the engine to start. I’ve been slowly diagnosing the issue in my now quite limited free time. Below are a few videos of where I’m at now. I’ll update again soon when I’ve made more progress!

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  1. Peter

    Hi, I just watched the videos of yout engine troubles. It isn’t a fuel system issue by the looks. By the sounds I hear, it maybe a battery problem or power lead problem. Do you have a multi meater for teaing your eletrics?
    If the battery and leads are ok, maybe take a look at the starter solenoid, try hitting it.

  2. Peter

    Hi, I just watched the videos of your engine troubles. It isn’t a fuel system issue by the looks. By the sounds I hear, it maybe a battery problem or power lead problem. Do you have a multi meater for testing your eletrics?
    If the battery and leads are ok, maybe take a look at the starter solenoid, try hitting it.

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    Evan

    Hi Peter,

    Thank you for your comment! And I apologize for the late reply, I just noticed your comment now. I think you’re right. Although I installed a new starter with solenoid and have checked all the connections, I suspect the battery is not sufficiently charged. As I don’t have shore power where I keep the boat the only way to charge the battery has been with a small solar panel which trickle charges the battery. The solar charge controller reads the battery as being charged, but I don’t think it’s accurate. I’ve ordered a larger 50 watt panel which I will install next time I’m at the boat. I’ve also removed the head for cleaning and installation of a new head gasket.

    Evan

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