My boat has bugs!
Yes furiends, many of you were right most of the problems with a modern diesel engine is fuel contamination or the engine being starved of fuel.
Diesel bug is the boating name given to the organisms that form slimes in diesel fuels. It’s a microbe caused by water content in the diesel, the bugs grow between the layer of fuel and water.
The contamination of our fuel system completely blocked our fuel lines solid before it even got to the filters. A quick look after the engine stopped meant it was obvious we needed more time to calmly look at the system, making it necessary to find somewhere safe to anchor. That’s when Nippy came to the rescue and towed us into the bay.
Once we got on anchor, my human took the system apart and inspected the tanks. He realised the fuel lines were blocked which had caused the engine to stop. The boat turned into a workshop…
Once I’d diagnosed that we had diesel bug, it became clear that we needed to return to a marina in order to sort it out. My human cleverly devised a temporary solution enabling us to get good, clean fuel to the engine so we could motor back to the marina under our own steam. (We could have done it with Nippy if it had been necessary.) I’ll tell you all about how we solved the problem next week.
I hope you all have a wonderful Caturday!