Originally Posted by spartacus
It's a fantastic story. On a par with raising the Mary Rose!!
Story it is, that was a day i will never forget? i will explain briefly:
The day we lost the engine we also had another boat out with us. On the way back in, the shear pin snapped and lost all drive, as i had a boat full of kids i had no other option other than to swim towing the boat, it wasn't far about half a mile but i was whacked at the end of it. Not one rich tw*t in their expensive boats offered any assistance and they could see i had kids on board.....oh well that's why i despise them so much....apologies if anyone on Ribnet has a holiday home in Newton Ferrers or Noss Mayo.
Anyway as it was the girlfriends fathers engine i ordered him a new one from Extreme Marine costing me about £450 or there abouts (expensive day out).
I received the engine a few days later done the 10 hours run in on a borrowed boat. I then ventured over to try out on the gf's fathers boat again on the Yealm.....oh no, bubbles everywhere engine over revving, i had only gone and got the wrong size shaft, got a short but needed a long. Not only had we lost an engine i now had one that wasn't right for the boat.....sh*t.
So after a few months pondering on what to do, a brand new long shaft come up on ebay. The guy had made the same mistake - bought a long but needed a short. anyway after driving half way across the country we did a straight swap, both were happy and iwas in possession of the correct engine.
So, here we are April 2009, only last week did i buy another 3.5 as i had a cunning plan (wont explain) only for my girlfriend to tell me her father is selling the boat and engine and would we like to buy the engine. She agreed.
So in a space of a week i am now the proud owner of 3 x 3.5s
I look back on it now and we do laugh.... for many a night i lay awake thinking was it a short or long shaft lying on the sea bed.
It was an expensive experience but i learnt a few valuable lessons that day:
1. Always check the engine clamps and have a safety cable attached (I'm now paranoid about checking).
2. Always make sure you buy the correct shaft engine.
3. Don't rely on anyone when you are in trouble especially not from the likes of rich tw*ts
that come and buy all our nice houses, and hog the roads with 4x4s they cant bloody drive......rant over!
Christ i need to go and do some yoga