Thanks Bill. I'll know now to carry spare fluid. I'm glad it wasn't three days into a pacific crossing...
It's likely the mechanic
who serviced the engines in Grenada
used the cylinder to pull his way out of the engine
compartment, or I may have done it in the past without realising it's supposed to be screwed tight. A couple,of days ago in Union island my outboard
had been running a bit rough so I asked a local 'mechanic' to take a look at it. Big mistake...
Instead of running it in a tank to check how it runs, he proceeds to pull it apart..commenting on how it must be USA made because it's hard to dismantle. Then after dropping various parts
in the sand and reinstalling the carb, he runs it dry. I insisted he put it in a tank before running it but it was too late and he fried the Impellor, with no spares available within 1000m..
4 hrs later he has it back together, God knows what pieces he left out. Watching my virgin outboard
being treated this way was horrific. Unfortunately it was a chain of events
I couldn't stop, expecting him to have half a clue in what he was doing
Afterwards he was too ashamed to ask for money
and towed us back to the boat...ugh...
Probably more damage is caused by shoddy workers than anything else. My fault for tinkering with sailboats instead of engines when I was a kid I guess...