We came back to Marina Mazatlán on November 22.
It was time for us to move to a different slip because ours was in a noisy area and less breezy. A good slip for hurricane season but that is past now. We fired up the 38 hp Beta diesel motor and were getting it warmed up and us ready when after about 10 min in the engine stopped. After much searching out why the engine stopped we found our diesel fuel tank had lost its siphon after sitting for six plus months.
We had installed an electric fuel pump for just this scenario.
We disconnected the fuel hose from the Racor filter and used a hand pump to fill the diesel fuel from the tank. We connected the white sanitation 1\2" (I think) hose to the fuel line and pumped the diesel fuel right out of the tank and into a bucket. Then we connected the fuel line to the Racor filter and it was primed..
Any way a lot of pumping and nothing happing in the starting department. So we see a bolt coming out of the high pressure pump where we think the prime is not happening but we are not sure if it Is for priming the system. Any way we go back to old school and replace the Beta fuel filter. Before we replace it we pump with the bulb pump and sure enough the diesel fuel came out the top. So we back fill the new filter and install it. Then we go old school and crack the injector fuel lines. Then we pump the bulb pump till we see good diesel coming out of each injector line. We tighten them up and Debbie gives the motor a good cranking, and wa la - it starts up! So we had some dirty fuel we cleaned out of the Racor filter and a complete engine prime form the tank out through the injectors. It was suggested by Dennis on Dolce Vita (another Islander Freeport here in Marina Mazatlán) that because our tank is higher than the engine it is extra work pumping the fuel all the way back into the tank. So disconnect the fuel line after the motor and pump into a bucket and it would be easier. Also without cracking the injectors we could determine when good fuel is passing through. Maybe next time.