thanks for the welcome.
saga is the word I used and saga it is.
nobody in their right mind who knew Africa
would buy anything other than breakfast there, they certainly would not entertain having any work done there.
The mind set of the country is to accept any job, the less able they are to do it the better, as the more jobs they will make for their 'brother'.
'I have 40 years marine engineer
experience Sir , was the chief engineer
for the the National Peanut Company and then for the Port Authority; I know these Volvo
Pent engines very well.' Taken in with that and the excellent reports from ex pats living in West Africa I gave him the job.
On the shakedown run after the service
He insisted there must have been something wrong with the inside of the engine
In fact as I now know these engines have always had a separate gearbox oil
I am now looking to take an outboard
engine with me to maneuver in close quarters and rely on the sails
to make the voyage.
Having bought a 32 ft yacht with a 38 hp working volvo penta
that is not quite what I intended.