One issue I've dealt with was a minor fuel leak that the caretaker for our boat recently found. Apparently over the course of the year (or at least a good portion of it) a tablespoon or so of diesel had made its way into the bilge. We initially tried getting a local company to fix the leak, but they were unable to find anything. The only "problem" they could identify was that the Racor fuel filter "may" have leaked and offered to rebuild it for a pretty hefty sum. Since I was unconvinced that this was the problem, I decided I would check on it when I came down. I crawled down into the engine compartment and was rather quickly able to find that the fuel supply hose was showing age and was seeping just a bit. In the process of removing the hose it became fairly apparent it was the cause. The hose was replaced, new fuel filters and accompanying gaskets were installed and the system was checked for any signs of leaks. None were found. I checked fluid levels and then started the engine. Despite the age and hours on the motor, it started right up and ran like a top. I let it run for a little while and repeated my leak check and it all checks out great now.
|Identifying some of the Kidde recalled extinguishers|
(image linked from Kidde recall web site)
The rainy weather helped to point out another issue, a leak on the boat. The aft berth overhead hatch was leaking. It was the only hatch that I had yet to re-bed, so it isn't isn't much of a surprise that it would be the one to leak. On one of the few relatively warm and dry days I was able to pull the hatch, clean it up, and re-bed it. Rains that followed tested my work and confirmed that the leak has been fixed.
|Failing West Marine lifeline netting|
So, work continues, in between rain and wind storms.