Those Old-Time Engine Room Woes – Or, Keeping Water Where It Belongs

Why does it seem that all of us “sailors” spend more time working on engines than working on the sailing gear? Between the diesels on the boats and the outboards on the dinghies it seems that most cruising sailors spend a great deal of time working on engines. Maybe we should really be mechanics who sail from time to time rather than being sailors who attempt to be mechanics on occasion. Maybe the Pardeys had it right? First up was the port engine (having two engines just doubles the pleasure).  Going into Tahanea the port engine wouldn’t start. Pushing the “start” button resulted in the control panel quitting, rather than the engine starting. That pointed to an electrical problem more than a mechanical one, but still engine related. Once we got into Tahanea I spent the better part of a couple of days taking apart and cleaning all of the connections in the electrical harness. And lo-and-behold the engine started

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