I studied the shop manual for our Yanmar, and started to diagnose the problem. I thought that maybe air had gotten into the system, (fuel lines) which will shut a diesel engine down very fast. I bled the lines...still would not start. I knew enough to shut off the water intake before cranking the engine. Too much water in the exhaust can cause it to get into the engine...not a good thing.
I asked the dockmaster if he knew anyone who was familiar with diesel engines. He called a friend of his who stopped by and tried to help, but said he would defer to Chris, who would come by at 3:00 p.m. Chris specializes in diesel engines but had not worked on a marine engine before. After trouble shooting he determined that the fuel pump was bad. Luckily I had another on board...left by the previous owner when I purchased the boat. We put the fuel pump on and bled the system. The engine started right away. Thank you Chris, and thank you Eric for having spares on board. I plan to buy another fuel pump to keep on board just in case. I learned a lot about diesel engines yesterday. I also learned how to clean up diesel fuel, and how bad it smelled in the boat for hours.
We stayed last night in St. Johnsville and left at 7:30 this a.m. Little Big Man ran well. I was a little nervous for the first hour, but relaxed after that. Today we transited 5 locks. We have some nice lock pictures today. It was rainy, windy, and cold this morning, and sunny, windy and cold this afternoon. We only have 37 miles and 10 locks to go. Tonight we are in Amsterdam, New York . The weather forecast is not good...a low of 25 degrees.
This a.m. wet and cold...and still wonderful.
Another lock with a lot of work being done.
This is where the water goes next to the lock. It produces a little bit of current.
Lock entrance...gates open...green light on.
Shirl on the bow and I am on the stern. We have our system down!
Nice picture of the exit gates.
Serenity on the wall in Amsterdam.
Like many small towns on the Erie Canal, Amsterdam is not what it once was. Kirk Douglas lived here at one time. This seems like a nice quiet community. It did receive heavy damage from Hurricane Irene.