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Old 01-21-2018, 02:33 PM   #121
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Because, as the boat has been for sale, we had let our sub to the local Volunteer Marine Rescue folk lapse, otherwise the tow would have been free. There's a lesson there I guess.
Wifey B: Yeah, we know people here who dropped their tow membership when they put the boat on the market. Cost them several hundred when showing the boat. Once back at dock, was a 15 minute fix, but they couldn't take time to figure it out while stranded in the ICW.
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Old 01-21-2018, 03:17 PM   #122
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Ain't that the truth Mark. For anyone interested, the outcome to the problem that ruined my birthday cruise here... Hello from Coomera Queensland

...turned out to be something a couple of nips up with a spanner cured. Trouble is, I couldn't find the said fuel leak, as it was only revealed by pumping the lift pump vigorously for longer than I did. It was where the copper tubing fuel line joins (via a metal locking nut), to the on-engine 2 filters. It took the diesel mechanic, who had dealt with this sort of thing before, about half an hour to fix. The tiny leak allowed air to get in and cause an air-lock when we throttled off for the first anchorage. So, it cost me the four day cruise, and $520 for the tow back..! Because, as the boat has been for sale, we had let our sub to the local Volunteer Marine Rescue folk lapse, otherwise the tow would have been free. There's a lesson there I guess.
Sorry to hear about your pump failure, Peter. I've been waiting for that to happen for the 10 years I've owned FlyWright.

My boat came with electric fuel pumps inline to the lift pumps but they were never hooked up to 12V...just loose wires to nowhere. I recently connected them to 12V with a toggle switch to assist in bleeding the fuel system after filter service. A backup benefit is that if a lift pump fails, I can turn on the electric fuel pump on that side to pump fuel through the lift pump to the high pressure pump.

Some folks use externally mounted electric pumps as the lift pump replacement on some diesels.
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Well said, thank you for posting
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