Wednesday 21st November - Becalmed with Engine Hassles
Wednesday 21st November –
Becalmed with Engine Hassles
Tricky day today. No wind to speak of since the last
report so we’ve been motoring. Now
not much hope of any useful wind before we get to Opua. We’d previously had a problem with a
leaking engine fuel pipe just before we got to
Meanwhile the engine
control panel has decided to be difficult.
The rev counter now refuses to work and the morse lever which controls
the engine speed finds it amusing to give you a bit of an electrical belt if you
touch its metal parts. Or its
rubber end if it’s raining. Very
And now, as I glance at
the switch panel at the chart table, I note that despite the fact that engine is
running, the domestic battery bank is slowly discharging. Which means that it seems that the
alternator isn’t charging it. Great
– it’s now 2200, so about 4 hours after dark.
I suspect that someone
has tipped Mr Perkins the wink that ENDEX (end of training exercise) is
imminent. As all soldiers will
know, this is always a really bad idea.
No matter how professional the boys may have been up until that moment,
you’ve henceforth lost their attention.
Mentally they are down town in the bars mixing it with the local
Look Mr Perkins – sort
yourself out. I’ll tell you when
you can switch off. For you, my
friend, that won’t be until this beast you are driving has made it back to the
gun park and is safely tucked up in its gun shed. With luck and a bit of cooperation
from you that won’t be much more than a day away.