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How to Deal With Engine Failure At Sea - A Free Video Masterclass


This month Sea Start reported a record number of engine failure callouts as boat owners rushed to get back on the water. Many of these breakdowns could have been avoided if pre-season engine checks had been carried out. 

Premier Marine Insurance, in association with GJW Direct, has teamed up with Jonathan Parker from Parker Marine Services to create a helpful video tutorial on the common causes of breakdown and how to avoid them. 

A simple guide to what to do if your impeller stops working, your engine overheats or you experience an electrical failure. Plus, the types of on board spares you should keep on your boat. 

Common Causes Of Breakdown

  • Overheating -  cooling system - types of checks to carry out. 
  • Electrical failure - importance of battery condition, keeping electrics clean, dry and free of corrosion. 
  • Fuel issues - storing it correctly. 
  • Mechanical failure - preventatives; looking after engine oil, cooling system, carrying out regular services and checks. 
  • Fouled propellers - top causes including mooring lines getting caught up. 
  • Engine Instrumentation - decode the meaning of warning lights. 

Troubleshooting on the water – video tutorial

For many though, normal spring preparation will have been made, so in the situation of a breakdown, to know that Sea Start operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year, day or night, is peace of mind.

Premier Marinas dry stack customers can register for full Sea Start membership free of charge and annual berth holders have access to a free 24 hour marine mechanical advice line and 20% saving on non-member call out fees.