When we visited Ally and Ben a couple of weeks ago I thought it would be a good idea to start the engine as it hadn't run for a few weeks.
In the past it's fired from cold after no more than two seconds. Why did it take so long this time? Had the diesel drained back into the tank such that it needed to "self prime"? Could water in the fuel have been the problem? I know there was plenty of fuel in the tank as the engine had barely been used since filling up, and the Webasto had hardly been used either.
Once running I left it recharging the batteries for an hour and a half, then completely forgot how to switch it off!
I turn the key to the off position. Engine carries on. How do I stop it? I remember Tony Brooks advising that you should see what moves when switching off - if the engine has a solenoid-operated stop. Of course, I hadn't done that, so I didn't know what to move manually. Aargh!
And then... I remembered. It really had been too long since the last trip. There is a push button on the control panel coloured red and marked STOP.
A couple of days ago Ally and Ben took the boat out for a short cruise - the engine behaved itself. Note to self: Do not leave it too long between runs.
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