Solv­ing an in­sol­u­ble en­gine prob­lem

Yachting Monthly - - LETTERS -

We had an in­ter­mit­tent prob­lem with our Yan­mar diesel en­gine for five years. The cir­cum­stances were haunt­ingly sim­i­lar to those ex­pe­ri­enced by Si­mon Broadley (May 17).

We’re based in Loch Cr­eran. We de­scribed the symp­toms to Ewen MacGil­livray, 'Young Ewen', who is a diesel en­gi­neer and runs Cr­eran Ma­rine. He wanted to wit­ness the prob­lem at first hand. Af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing spin in the loch the prob­lem just wouldn’t ap­pear and we de­cided to re­turn to base. Part way there the en­gine did its trick and just stopped. Ewen fid­dled with the en­gine and got it go­ing. ‘It's the lift pump,’ he said. He re­placed it for us, and we’ve never had the prob­lem again. John An­der­son

An elu­sive and ap­par­ently in­sol­u­ble prob­lem with John An­der­son’s diesel was di­ag­nosed in a trice by Cr­eran Ma­rine’s ‘Young Ewen’ MacGil­livray

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