Re: Gibber

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Posted by David Bamford on February 11, 2016 at 12:21:50 user David.

In Reply to: Re: Gibber posted by Tom Napier on February 11, 2016 at 10:15:12:

Yes Tom; early on in my career I worked alongside a contract driller who was having trouble starting the monstrous single-cylinder Southern Cross Diesel which powered his drill rig. This chap was small and slightly-built, and he didn't have the heft that was needed. His boss came to check up on how he was going. He was a giant of a man, who even had muscles in his ears. He closed the decompression lever before swinging vigorously on the starting handle. Off went the diesel straight away. "See,it's no trouble!" said the boss. The poor young driller was not impressed.
To answer John Nichols about diesels in boats; petrol engines were the norm in cruising yachts until quite recently. The Handy Billy in Goblin was a petrol engine.

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