2018 with Wye Invader Two

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As 2017 came to an end, Wye Invader Two was lifted out onto hard standing for the Winter. 2017 was a busy year, out from Sharpness most weekends she travelled as far North as Upton on Severn and then Stourport, East as far as Hanham Lock via Bristol and she had several trips up the River Wye to Brockweir, unfortunately a planned trip as far as Monmouth on the River Wye was postponed at the last minute due to low water levels and inclement weather.

It's now time to look at winter maintenance and we've got the following list:

  • Replace diesel fuel pipes into fuel filter
  • Replace fuel filter
  • Refill with Injector cleaner and clean diesel fuel
  • Change engine oil filter and oil
  • Replace injector leak off pipe
  • Pressure wash outside hull, check last year's KeelBlack
  • Weed hatch, remove all loose rust and old bitumen repaint with KeelBlack
  • Clean engine bay and repaint
  • Replace bilge pump

Fuel System overhaul

The last weekend of February was very cold with an easterly wind blowing however, Wye Invader Two had her engine and stern covered with a large tarpaulin, the sun was shining and out of the wind it was almost Spring.

The list of Winter service items to do would not do themselves and hopefully Summer is not that far away, so we made a start on the fuel system.

1. The first item in the fuel supply line and often forgotten is the fuel water separator, it does the job or separating any water that has found it's way into your fuel tank from the fuel. We removed the base, cleaned it, resealed it and refilled with fuel.

2. 2 fuel pipes and 1 leak off pipe from the injectors to return surplus fuel. These were replaced with new items and were also the correct Fire Resistant Fuel Pipes Spec.

3. The fuel filter was replaced and then filled with injector cleaning fluid to improve starting and performance in general.

4. We bled the fuel system and started the engine to check for fuel leaks and engine performance in general.

Job done!

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Fuel / Water separator

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Rated Fuel line hoses

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Fuel pump

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Job done!