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· Master Mariner
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In Puerto José Banús, I spent a whole day tearing apart an inboard gas engine's electrical system, on one of those beautiful all mahogany Riva yacht tenders. At about 4PM, I was concluding a wasted day, as I had not found the problem and I'm a no cure/no pay worker. Being thoroughly depressed and tired, I thought I'd give it one more shot. I pumped the throttle, wiggled the gear shift... wait a minute, did the gear shift click? Yep. I turned the key and the engine roared to life. All that work only to realize the gear shift had not been in neutral and for sure that engine was never going to start like that! I charged the guy for half an hour, but the cost of drowning my sorrows that evening far exceeded my income that day. Always check that the gear shift is in neutral, FIRST.
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