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Well what a great summer we are having and it looks like its sticking around. We have had a high number of breakdowns, related to overheating, due to seaweed causing blockages in raw water intakes. Now not only is this in hull fittings it is also in Saildrives and Sterndrives….[Read More]

Gearbox oil level check.

  A short video of how to check your gearbox oil level. The video is a Volvo penta gearbox on a shaft drive, the check is also carried out in the same way on a saildrive gearbox and on Yanmar engines.

De-Wintersing Your Diesel Engine

As you can imagine we get numerous call outs for people in the early season, who have headed out for their first sail to find they have forgotten vital checks on their engine. Something that we do come across a great deal is Seacocks not being opened; this can have…[Read More]

Ready for the Season !

With our winter maintenance programme complete, all our boats are ready for the 2018 season. With Easter holidays just days away – remember – “Don’t cast off without us”    

Propeller maintenance

Remember, your Sea Start membership includes first-aid assistance should your propeller become fouled. One of the types of breakdowns that is on the increase is fouled propellers. This is mostly likely caused by the amount of debris in the sea. We have found all manner of things around propellers including…[Read More]

Alternator Belt Tension.

A short video of how to check that your alternator belt tension is correct.

Round The Island 2013 – SS Varvassi boilers

With the Round The Island race fast approaching, many of you taking part maybe interested in these pictures of the Varvassi boilers, the last part of the wrack that can do damage. There are 2 of them both quite close to the surface at low tide. They seem to be…[Read More]

Don’t Bug Me!

Sea Start can confidently recommend Marine 16’s products – Diesel Fuel Maintenance and Diesel Bug Treatment. Sea Start has been successfully using and recommending Marine 16’s products for several years. We have received excellent feedback both from pleasure and commercial boat users. The growth of bacteria can be extremely rapid,…[Read More]

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