Even the best maintained engine can fail, so it is important to:
- learn the basics of engine repair
- practice emergency repairs on your engine
- always carry essential tools.
Before attempting to carry out any running repairs while on the water:
- Use an anchor to minimise boat drift.
- Face the boat bow-first into the sea to help keep water off the engine.
- If possible, work under a waterproof cover large enough to keep spray off the engine. Wet ignition can often frustrate attempts to re-start an engine.
Learn to distinguish the sound of an engine that is not running normally, because you may be able to avoid a complete breakdown.
It is good practice, especially on larger vessels, to carry an auxiliary motor that is maintained in good operational order and ready for immediate use if required. If you are a long way from shore you don't want to have to rely on rowing back to shore.
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