Thread: Engine Quit
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Old 09-26-2017, 12:33 PM   #10
rwidman
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I once (and only once) started my engine and then walked away from the boat. We were trying to figure out how to move a disabled boat to the place where it could be hauled for a hurricane.

We were on the other dock and as I walked back to my boat, I saw the bilge pump discharge. Not a good thing. I ran to my boat and lifted up the floor hatch.

Well, at some point, the cover on the seawater strainer had cracked and failed and the engine was spewing sea water all over the compartment.

I shut it down of course, but I still had to move my boat to get it hauled so a bunch of duck tape made a temporary repair.

Moral of the story - leaving your engine running unattended for more than a few minutes is not a good idea.
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