Back on subject now and bang up to date.........
Whist on my hols my Mariner started first pull* each time. I was even confident enough, for the first time, to stop the engine whilst out far from shore (well about a mile, that's a VERY long way for me), so we could drift with the seals in peace an quiet........
............oops! Sorry about that, I went into a day dream.
Anyway I decided that I must get the engine serviced so it stays reliable. I didn't get around to doing it myself (read between the lines here folks, he means 'couldn't be bothered') so a couple of days before I left I took the engine into Caley Marina in Inverness. Well folks, I've just had the bill. £41.17 including parts and VAT.
That is far less than HALF the price I was quoted by Jetski World at Willenhall for labour alone!!! Needless to say I shan't be going there again.
Well done Caley Marina.
Keith (pleased with the price) Hart
* Just to explain for you big rib types, I have this rope thingy on top of the engine you have to pull to start it. None of your namby pamby electric starts for us sibsters!