Before starting the engine, there are several basic checks you should carry out besides ensuring you have enough fuel for the journey (see above). If the boat has a straight prop shaft with a stern-gland greaser, give the grease handle a turn. Top up the engine's fresh-water
The engine control panel is usually located in the side of the cockpit. Most modern diesel engines are started with a simple turn of a key, which may be combined with a starter button.
USING THE ENGINE
cooling systems as needed, using water or antifreeze mixture, and clean the raw water filter (see below). Also dispose of any accumulated water or dirt in the transparent fuel filter bowls. Check the engine and gearbox oil levels using the dipstick (see below); if you need to top up, note that the gearbox may require special oil.
Finally, make sure the engine battery switch is on before starting, and do not turn it off while the engine is running. As soon as the engine is running, check that cooling water is being pumped out of the exhaust pipe in the side of the hull.
As part of your regular maintenance of the boat, check that the engine's belts have not become loose or frayed, that hoses have not sustained cuts or splits, and that there is no evidence of oil or coolant leaks.
Use the correct oil-and-gas mixture for two-stroke engines, and be aware that it may deteriorate if stored for long periods, causing reliability problems. When refilling, do not spill fuel or get water in the tank. Close fuel taps when the engine is off. If the cooling water stream is not flowing when the engine has started, shut the engine down before it overheats.
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