That Genset Again

L'Esprit de la Mer
Dr Chris Bates
Fri 4 Oct 2013 23:55
Doing some fantastic sailing around the islands and meeting whales here and there . Then yesterday whilst anchored off the perfect island and making water the genset suddenly became rough and noisy and we had to shut it down . What a time just as we planned to move on next week . The engine cranked by hand at first and then jammed . I put out a call for help this morning and our neighbor a young German guy came over . We discussed it  and decided to remove the bell housing to look at the fly wheel which proved difficult . We then had a go at the starter motor which once removed allowed us to view the fly wheel. We saw some worn teeth but removing the starter motor had freed the engine which now turned freely . I think for some reason the starter motor had engaged whilst the engine was running . Fingers crossed but we are running at the moment . For how long ?