Yanmar 6lpa-ste, Corroded Starter Motor Posts

Yanmar 6lpa-ste, Corroded Starter Motor Posts

This Yanmar 6lpa-ste 315hp engine had stopped due to an electrical issue. On inspection it was easy to see that the starter motor posts were badly corroded and had resulted in the poor connection

Posted date: Monday 13 Aug 2018

New Holland engine and Ian Minion

New Holland engine and Ian Minion

Hands up who’s seen the Minions movie? This is the sequel where Ian Minion removes a New Holland engine from a fishing boat and has a list of repairs to make before Gru comes home.

Posted date: Friday 10 Aug 2018

Oil Pressure Alarms

Oil Pressure Alarms

Oil pressure alarms weren’t happy on a Mercury 20hp 4 stroke.  Simon discovered the faulty switch box was to blame and he didn’t take long to put it right, more than could be said for

Posted date: Friday 03 Aug 2018

Perfect 10 For The Byass Valves

Perfect 10 For The Byass Valves

Lee is demonstrating his poise and balance as perfectly as a world class gymnast as he repairs a Mercury Optimax 115hp Outboard. A previous grounding had filled the bypass valves with all sorts of gunk..(

Posted date: Friday 03 Aug 2018

Take Me To Electric Pontoon

Take Me To Electric Pontoon

French Marine Motors journeyed up to Lowestoft in Suffolk this week to diagnose electrical issues with a Volvo Penta D9 engine onboard a Sealine 50. Simon reported that it looked like the alternator overcharged

Posted date: Thursday 02 Aug 2018

Chips And Compression Testing

Chips And Compression Testing

Here is engineer Lee compression testing and also performing a timing test on a 5.7 litre V8 Mercruiser engine onboard a Regal. We finally had to resort to feeding him chips using a spoon taped to a bamboo

Posted date: Monday 30 Jul 2018

Not so sad ‘Sadiki’

Not so sad ‘Sadiki’

Not so sad now ‘Sadiki’ has her damaged set of counter rotating propeller shafts on a Zeus pod drive repaired.

Posted date: Thursday 26 Jul 2018

Engineer Magic

Engineer Magic

Simon convinces Ian to help him practice ‘The disappearing lady in a box’ trick he saw on YouTube despite the 30 degree heat. Oh and While you’re there Ian could you install a Yanmar

Posted date: Thursday 26 Jul 2018

A Bad Bearing Story

A Bad Bearing Story

This very lovely Beneteau sailing vessel with a Yanmar 4jh engine was due to have the outboard bearing replaced, what should have been a routine operation took an unexpected time consuming turn for our

Posted date: Thursday 26 Jul 2018

Engines to Norfolk

Engines to Norfolk

What’s the collective term for a group of marine engineers?... Ahhh I know, a “Turbo” of engineers otherwise known as Lee, Ross and Tom.  Here are the French Marine Collective

Posted date: Monday 23 Jul 2018

Adjusting a trim sensor

Adjusting a trim sensor

Ross adjusting the trim sensor on the DPS drive from a Volvo Penta D3 engine. Don’t fall in Ross!  

Posted date: Monday 23 Jul 2018

Today’s Jeanneaus

Today’s Jeanneaus

Another Jeanneau this afternoon and another first ever service for this 479 in Burnham with a Yanmar 4JH engine. It’s a sweltering 34 degrees in Burnham and it looks like Simon has spent most of

Posted date: Thursday 19 Jul 2018

Busy, busy, busy

Busy, busy, busy

We are really busy today at French Marine Motors, lots of schools breaking up this week and the prolonged heatwave makes everybody eager to get their boat in tip top condition and take to the water. Engineer

Posted date: Thursday 19 Jul 2018

Double Trouble

Double Trouble

Double trouble at Morgan’s Marina for a Jeanneau Prestige 36. Simon plugged his laptop into the twin Volvo Penta D3 engines on DPS drive legs to help diagnose a turbo issue on the starboard engine.

Posted date: Thursday 19 Jul 2018

Back in Brightlingsea

Back in Brightlingsea

You may well remember that earlier in the week we were looking at a Yanmar 1gm10 on a Hunter Horizon here in Brightlingsea. The unfortunate little vessel also showed symptoms of overheating. After removing

Posted date: Thursday 19 Jul 2018

Socks and a Service

Socks and a Service

A Yanmar 4JH80 common rail engine and sail drive had its very first service yesterday in Chatham.  The sleek Jeanneau 51 Sun Odyssey was looking resplendent in its mooring but unfortunately the same

Posted date: Thursday 19 Jul 2018

A broken engine mount on a Yanmar 1gm10

A broken engine mount on a Yanmar 1gm10

A rare treat today in Brightlingsea, looking from my lofty vantage point at French Marine Motors I can actually see one of our engineers hard at work. Curious to investigate what was happening I took

Posted date: Tuesday 17 Jul 2018

Cockles a go go!

Cockles a go go!

Simon was all at sea yesterday as he repaired a dead PDE injector on a Scania DI12 59M engine onboard a Cockle boat.  To ensure our customer wasn’t inconvenienced any longer than necessary

Posted date: Tuesday 17 Jul 2018

Mastering the MasterCraft

Mastering the MasterCraft

Yesterday, Brightlingsea was the location of choice for our engineer Simon. A MasterCraft Power Vortec MX Predator 5.7L TBI EFI GM V-8 engine, possibly derived from a Mercury Mag 350 was having a few running

Posted date: Thursday 12 Jul 2018

A break in Brightlingsea.

A break in Brightlingsea.

We are very lucky to have such a fantastic location here in Brightlingsea right by the waters edge. Here are three of our engineers Pete, Simon and Ross enjoying a well deserved break in a seaside shelter.

Posted date: Tuesday 10 Jul 2018

Viva Aviva!

Viva Aviva!

  If you were lucky enough to be in London near Butlers Wharf last week you certainly couldn’t have missed any of the 98 metre stunningly beautiful Superyacht ’Aviva’. For most

Posted date: Monday 09 Jul 2018

Hinge and Alternator Bracket

Hinge and Alternator Bracket

One of our customers asked us if we could make two bespoke brackets to hold the extra alternators they wished to add to their twin Volvo Penta D3 220 engines. Not a problem for our engineer Pete,

Posted date: Wednesday 04 Jul 2018

Lucky in Loddon

Lucky in Loddon

This morning the French Marine Motors troubleshooting team visited Loddon in Norfolk. Water in engine oil is never a good look so it’s up to engineering duo Michael and Simon to gently ease out

Posted date: Tuesday 03 Jul 2018

Watery Turbo

Watery Turbo

A Yamaha diesel ME-432 engine was a little worse for wear due to water damaging the turbo. Engineer Simon has been busy rebuilding the engine and finally a reconditioned turbo has been fitted to solve

Posted date: Tuesday 03 Jul 2018

Volvo Penta Tow Mode installation

Volvo Penta Tow Mode installation

With the ever increasing popularity of wakeboarding, waterskiing and tubing, Volvo Penta have engineered a nifty little gadget. Today our IT ninja James has been installing the Tow Mode Software on a

Posted date: Thursday 28 Jun 2018

What a difference a day makes!

What a difference a day makes!

Remember Ian making those dramatic sparks on the pair of propellers from the Fairline Motor Cruiser yesterday? Well here they are now and what a difference a day makes!

Posted date: Thursday 28 Jun 2018

Damaged Propeller? No problem

Damaged Propeller? No problem

We also repair broken and damaged propellers up to 1.5m as part of our many services here at French Marine Motors. Ian is seen here welding the propeller from a Fairline Motor Cruiser.

Posted date: Wednesday 27 Jun 2018

Last train to Walton

Last train to Walton

Fun in the sun today at Walton on the Naze for engineers Simon and Ian, a broken drive plate on a Perkins HT6.354 with a Borg Warner gearbox needed serious attention. The gearbox had zero oil pressure

Posted date: Tuesday 26 Jun 2018

Low tide at Brightlingsea

Low tide at Brightlingsea

Posted date: Monday 25 Jun 2018

All in a days work...

All in a days work...

We all enjoy the beauty and power of a well designed and built engine but until the dawn of the self installing and servicing engine, we are wholly dependent on our talented engineers. Here’s

Posted date: Monday 25 Jun 2018

French Marine to the rescue!

French Marine to the rescue!

Luckily for a German gentleman sailing from Holland in his Steel Ketch his breakdown wasn’t all bad news. Engineer Simon French was quickly able to attend due to his lucky proximity to French Marine

Posted date: Wednesday 20 Jun 2018

Volvo Penta Easy Connect gets Connected!

Volvo Penta Easy Connect gets Connected!

  If you are the kind of boat lover who dreams your boat could tell you it’s fuel levels, let your family know your whereabouts as well as allowing you to access all kinds of useful facts

Posted date: Monday 18 Jun 2018

Yamaha ME432STI strip down and rebuild

Yamaha ME432STI strip down and rebuild

What a beautiful sunny day here at French Marine Motors in Brightlingsea. No time to sunbathe though for engineer Simon French. This Yamaha ME432STI marine engine is in for a complete strip down and rebuild,

Posted date: Monday 11 Jun 2018

Noisy exhaust problem solved with help from Vetus

Noisy exhaust problem solved with help from Vetus

Recently our senior marine engineer was called upon by City Cruises to solve an ongoing mystery. Both their Rib vessels The Thunder and The Lightning were displaying some very puzzling traits. The vessels

Posted date: Tuesday 23 Feb 2016

Marine Engine installation at Suffolk Yacht Harbour

Marine Engine installation at Suffolk Yacht Harbour

At the beginning of July we were asked to diagnose an engine problem which was causing the customers starboard Yanmar engine to overheat, after engine trials there was no obvious indication as to the cause

Posted date: Wednesday 25 Sep 2013

New VETUS bow thruster controls now available

New VETUS bow thruster controls now available

New bow thruster panels - compact and sophisticated design! Thanks to the design and quality of materials, these new bow or stern thruster panels will be an asset to your dashboard. Due to their compact

Posted date: Wednesday 21 Aug 2013