My plans to retrace Captain Cook's unfinished voyage have been postponed a year while I work on the next Marine Diesel Basics book and get my new boat SV Oceandrifter ready for sea.
Constant training and upgrading of skills is one of the ways to improve safety and enjoyment sailing. And there are plenty of places to learn about many aspects of sailing. Obviously, the best place is out on the water. But often that’s not possible right now, or you want to bone up on something in order to practice when you do leave the dock, an alternative is to watch free videos on YouTube. Some of the best – short and to the point – have been posted a sailor called Captain John on his “seasensical” channel. So far he’s posted 27 videos to date and I’ll be reviewing some of these in several posts.
First, let’s deal with something often overlooks but which every skipper (and crew) should know before leaving the dock. Watch the video:
Bleeding air from a fuel line
A diesel engine won’t run with air in the line, so knowing how to bleed the air out is critical. Of course, we may hope and plan not to have to do this at sea. But if your fuel and tanks are not scupulously clean and you get into choppy water, you may quickly find your fuel filters clogging up. Once you’ve changed then, you’ll need to bleed the fuel lines before starting the engine. You should be familiar with your own engine (before going to sea) but this two-minute video shows the simple yet critical steps that are common to all diesel engine.
Watch the video: Bleeding air from a fuel line