I'd like your advice about an engine, please
My brother's keen to buy a twenty year old boat with a BMC four cylinder, 36hp diesel engine.
Kev and he took it for a test drive yesterday. The engine took a couple of tries to get it started, but once running was responsive and had quite a lot of welly, which is good.
They drove it for around half an hour. Throughout that entire half an hour though, there was white smoke issuing from under the floor in the engine room - according to Kev. Kev didn't lift the boards to have a proper look at where the smoke was coming from though.
Now bearing in mind that the boat has been left dormant since December, could this just be a little moisture in the diesel causing this - maybe combined with a leaky exhaust pipe (hence the smoke appearing inside the engine room rather than outside the boat) - or could this be something more sinister?
This may be entirely unrelated but the boat has a built-in generator in the engine bay which runs off the same diesel tank as the engine. Said generator turns over but doesn't start. Like I said this might bear no relevance at all.
Lastly, as Kev got home last night absolutely plastered that's all the coherent information I could get out of him, so any speculation as to the possible causes of the white smoke in engine cabin would be much appreciated!
Edited by BlueStringPudding, 18 August 2009 - 08:14 AM.