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As I look forward to learning how to change the oil in my inboard diesel, I had to re-learn the importance of being upfront and honest. It's one thing to tell the truth, it's another thing to take the initiative to tell someone something they might not want to hear. For example, the lasttime I boarrowed a friend's sailboat the outboard was not very cooperative. It was easy for me to discount any mechanical problem and simply blame myself for not pulling the cord with enough torque. After 3 or 4 quick pulls I told the crew to put the motor below. The approach to the dock was downwind at about 3 knots. Why mess with the iron genny when we were suave enough to sail in.

 

Needless to say the next time the owner took the boat out the motor wouldn't work properly. I feel guilty and embarrassed. Hopefully, my inconsideration will be excused. Certainly, I should have called the owner as soon as the boat was secured at the dock to tell him I had challengeswith the motor. At least when he took the boat out for a late evening sail he would not have been confronted with a dead motor , , ,

 

On a good note I am learning to change the oil on my yanmar tomorrow night. I like learning new things. Empowering myself toward more independence as a cruising sailor makes me proud, albeit dirty 'n greasy.

 

That's all for now.  , , , ,

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