2003 Volvo Penta Turbo Engine With A Leaky Water Pump

2003 Volvo Penta Turbo Engine With A Leaky Water Pump

This 2003 Volvo Penta Turbo engine housed inside a Westerly Riviera sounds like it needs a hot water bottle and a Lemsip. This engine is definitely under the weather as the customer reported that along

Posted date: Tuesday 16 Oct 2018

Fairey Huntsman Engine Compartment Refit

Fairey Huntsman Engine Compartment Refit

Jason from our Levington branch is starting a pretty big job. A Fairey Huntsman is having its old engines removed ready for an engine compartment refit and two brand new Perkins engines will be fitted

Posted date: Saturday 13 Oct 2018

Indmar Predator Surgery On A Mastercraft

Indmar Predator Surgery On A Mastercraft

In Brightlingsea Simon performed open boat surgery on a Mastercraft. The Indmar Predator 350 310hp based on a 5.7ltr Chevy V8 engine was in a bad way and feeling very sorry for itself, the spark plugs

Posted date: Wednesday 10 Oct 2018

Fuel Stop Solenoid Leak

Fuel Stop Solenoid Leak

A fuel stop solenoid had previously been fitted to a customers fuel pump but it was very leaky and unhappy. Simon discovered that a little nipped o-ring was the cause of the problem. After running the

Posted date: Tuesday 09 Oct 2018

Ross, Outboard Bloke!

Ross, Outboard Bloke!

Roll up roll up, here’s the next victim in our “Meet the Family” feature. Ross Bourne. What’s your official job title Ross?... Marine engineer. No! call me the Outboard bloke. Ok

Posted date: Tuesday 02 Oct 2018

Five Blade Propeller And Rear Bearing Replaced On A Elling E4

Five Blade Propeller And Rear Bearing Replaced On A Elling E4

A bit of an autumnal chill in the air yesterday at The Suffolk Yacht Harbour as Jason removed a five blade propeller and rear bearing from a 50ft Elling E4. Once the procedure was complete it was just

Posted date: Tuesday 25 Sep 2018

Meet The French Marine Motors Family

Meet The French Marine Motors Family

Now that our wanderers have returned safely from the Southampton boat show, we can begin our new feature entitled, “Meet the FMM Family” My first unwitting victim is Richard. Richard Davey; Spare

Posted date: Monday 24 Sep 2018

Yamaha 30hp 2 Stroke Seized Crank Shaft

Yamaha 30hp 2 Stroke Seized Crank Shaft

I’m interrupting transmission in our coverage of the Southampton Boat Show to bring you news of events back at French Marine Motors HQ. Here’s the star of this crank shaft horror, Ross.

Posted date: Wednesday 19 Sep 2018

Volvo Penta Twin D4 ECU Reprogram

Volvo Penta Twin D4 ECU Reprogram

Simon found his sea legs again completing sea trials around Mersea Island on a Rodman 950 with twin Volvo Penta D4 engines.   The vessel after displaying complications when it was running, needed

Posted date: Thursday 13 Sep 2018

Volvo Penta D3-190 Conversion From Petrol to Diesel

Volvo Penta D3-190 Conversion From Petrol to Diesel

Twin Volvo Penta D3-190 engines are getting a Cyberman like conversion from petrol to diesel up in Brundall Norfolk. Simon is helping program the installation  to oversee that it happens in the correct

Posted date: Monday 10 Sep 2018

MerCruiser 4.3 V6 Exhaust Flappers Dropped.

MerCruiser 4.3 V6 Exhaust Flappers Dropped.

One of our customers based at Fox’s Marina Ipswich with a Bayliner Bowrider speedboat, complained of a peculiar noise coming from their 4.3 V6 MerCruiser inboard engine. Over time the exhaust flappers

Posted date: Monday 10 Sep 2018

Scooby And The MerCruiser Thunderbolt 5 Ignition

Scooby And The MerCruiser Thunderbolt 5 Ignition

Poor old Scooby had very poor power delivery and probably needed more than a Scooby snack to feel tip top again.  Simon was soon on the scene in the Mystery Machine at Titchmarsh Marina to attend

Posted date: Monday 10 Sep 2018

Volvo Penta V8 300 With DPS-B Drive Stops After Being Put Into Astern

Volvo Penta V8 300 With DPS-B Drive Stops After Being Put Into Astern

Ben isn’t curtsying to her majesty Regal 2300 he’s investigating why this Volvo Penta V8 300 petrol engine and DPS-B drive unit stopped dead in its tracks after being put hard into astern.   Following

Posted date: Monday 03 Sep 2018

Vetus VF250E With Volvo Penta DPS Drives.

Vetus VF250E With Volvo Penta DPS Drives.

There’s a hole in my engine dear Simon, dear Simon... (Bet you sang along to that!) Well possibly not holes in these Vetus VF250E engines with Volvo Penta DPS drives but something is definitely

Posted date: Saturday 01 Sep 2018

Skilso 975 Gets a Propeller Balance Check

Skilso 975 Gets a Propeller Balance Check

Ross Copsy is back in action again for French Marine Motors this morning in Suffolk. Both the props are coming off this Skilso 975 for a balance check and an under performing engine needs his attention.

Posted date: Thursday 30 Aug 2018

Yanmar Fuel Injection Pump Not Firing On A 3jh TE

Yanmar Fuel Injection Pump Not Firing On A 3jh TE

Meanwhile at our Levington branch Ross Copsy has just refitted a fuel injection pump to a Yanmar 3jh TE. The pump had internal problems and wasn’t firing on number 3 cylinder. After removal we sent

Posted date: Thursday 30 Aug 2018

Brand New Volvo Penta D1 13 Engine Gets Inspected

Brand New Volvo Penta D1 13 Engine Gets Inspected

Jason is in Woodbridge not singing in the rain but completing a PDI inspection on a brand new Volvo Penta D1 13 engine.   The 17ft fibreglass open day boat might have a few puddles on the deck

Posted date: Wednesday 29 Aug 2018

First Service On A Yanmar 4jh 110 Common Rail Engine

First Service On A Yanmar 4jh 110 Common Rail Engine

Happy first service to a Yanmar 4jh 110 common rail engine located at Woolvetstone Marina in Ipswich Suffolk.   Housed inside an elegant Contest 50 it has been expertly checked and serviced by

Posted date: Wednesday 29 Aug 2018

Cable Shift Change On Yamaha ME 422 Sti Engines On Yamaha Hydra Drives

Cable Shift Change On Yamaha ME 422 Sti Engines On Yamaha Hydra Drives

One of our jobs today was at Southdock in London for one of the Thames Tigers Ribcraft. Twin Yamaha ME 422 sti engines on Yamaha hydra drives both needed a shift cable change.  Tiger One is now back

Posted date: Tuesday 28 Aug 2018

A Damaged Yamaha 159 HPDI Outboard

A Damaged Yamaha 159 HPDI Outboard

No monsters at the bottom of Loch Lomand only lurking shallow ledges, patiently waiting to bite a chunk out of this customers Yamaha 159 HPDI Outboard.   Firstly the Skeg was unceremoniously ripped

Posted date: Monday 27 Aug 2018

ECU Misreading Voltage on Volvo Penta D9-575 Engines

ECU Misreading Voltage on Volvo Penta D9-575 Engines

Miss Marple was busy making jam today so we sent Simon to solve this one. Brundall Windmill Marina in Norfolk was the scene of a mysterious wiring issue on a pair of Volvo Penta D9-575 engines housed

Posted date: Saturday 25 Aug 2018

MerCruiser 5.7LX Starting Motor Meltdown

MerCruiser 5.7LX Starting Motor Meltdown

* If you are squeamish look away now! * It’s true we’ve had a heatwave this summer but I’m not sure it was quite hot enough to melt the starting motor on a MerCruiser 5.7LX... or was

Posted date: Thursday 23 Aug 2018

Clutch Shaft Strip Down From A KM5A Gearbox

Clutch Shaft Strip Down From A KM5A Gearbox

Here’s a tasty looking buffet minus the ham quiche thank goodness. Ross has been stripping down the clutch shaft from a KM5A gearbox that a customer brought to us because it slipped when in gear. Once

Posted date: Friday 17 Aug 2018

A Marine Engineers First Love

A Marine Engineers First Love

Posted date: Thursday 16 Aug 2018

Annual Service On A Verado Mercury Outboard

Annual Service On A Verado Mercury Outboard

A tall order for Simon in Leigh On Sea this morning, a Verado 350 supercharged Mercury outboard is getting its annual service and oil change. If Simon can reach. 

Posted date: Thursday 16 Aug 2018

Eroded Trim Ram Seals Cause Issues

Eroded Trim Ram Seals Cause Issues

It was Rama Lama Ding Dong at Titchmarsh Marina in Walton On The Naze today. A Bavaria Motor Cruiser with twin Volvo Penta D3 engines had serious damage to the DPS drive caused by eroded trim ram seals,

Posted date: Wednesday 15 Aug 2018

Fitting A Yanmar Zt370 Sterndive on the Norfolk Broads

Fitting A Yanmar Zt370 Sterndive on the Norfolk Broads

Engineers Michael and Simon have been working on the picturesque Norfolk Broads today at Brundall Marina. The job in question was for a Birchwood Cruiser with a Yanmar 6LPA-STE engine. After a very early

Posted date: Tuesday 14 Aug 2018

Ross And Our 1953 Fordson Major Tractor

Ross And Our 1953 Fordson Major Tractor

Sometimes we need to launch the company boat to reach our customers that are a little harder to get to, that’s when our 1953 Fordson Major tractor comes into play. Today Ross has been giving her

Posted date: Tuesday 14 Aug 2018

Pete Performing Magic On A Yanmar 4JH3-DTE

Pete Performing Magic On A Yanmar 4JH3-DTE

Pete is captured here performing some very impressive engineering wizardry. He has designed and built a bespoke bracket that bolts onto a Yanmar 4JH3-DTE and holds an oil cooler for a 121 gearbox in place. Lovely

Posted date: Tuesday 14 Aug 2018

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