Now I'm sure most people here will agree that Stu is a sound bloke.
Sure, he can talk the hind legs off a donkey but most of what he has got to say is interesting so we can put up with that. He is also one of the most helpful people I have met, the sort of bloke who would swim out to help you if your engine packed up. BUT, i feel compelled to to tell you about the Hopkins experience yesterday:
Monday I awoke on my 30th birthday having lost my paintball site that weekend. With nothing to do I decided to take the boat for a spin and meet Paul and Kathleen out of Port Solent for a birthday drink. The sun was out but it was very windy, who cares, we've got a rib afterall. I called STU and he said the boat was in the water as I was supposed to be using it on Sunday for the poker run. I said I would arrive at 11.30. When we did arrive at 12, good old Stu was on the jetty changing the terminals on the battery.
Basically,Stu thought he had left the bilge pump on and the battery was too flat to start the boat. Optimax engines like lots of battery he said. He changed the battery, checked the wires, checked the engine,changed for another battery all while telling us of his rib experience and also telling us he was going to support Portsmouth next year as he enjoyed Premiership football and Southampton in the Nationwide would be boring.
We sat on the Jetty listening to Stu rabbit on, watching the time tick away. Still the boat would not start and Stu was flumuxed. Time for me to get involved. OK, start at the begining and remove the possibilities.
1. Remove Stu, ignore everything he has said.
2. Start at the begining
3. Check Key is in
4. Check kill cord
5. Flick kill swith ON
6. Turn key
7. Engine starts on first spin.
Number five is the one to look at and I am sure Stu will in the future!
2 hours of battery changing cos the welsh wizard forgot the kill switch!
Stu Hopkins, I salute you. You total plonker!
(but still a top bloke)