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Posted by Patrick Smith on July 22, 2005 at 17:08:57:

In Reply to: expensive local boats posted by Ross-O on July 21, 2005 at 12:49:55:

And there are moments that generate learning experiences that are hard to beat.

For example there was the time when we were at San Miguel with a bad tank of fuel. The gunk was fouling out the plugs about every 15 minutes of running. Fortunately we had a couple of sets of plugs, and would periodically stop then swear, and sweat as we burned hands and fingers while we swapped plugs. Though a bit herky-jerky conditions at Miguel were glassy and that was worth the pain and effort - until we broke the plug socket

Crap!

We were pretty close to the island, and could see a commercial ab boat (gives you an idea how long ago this was) working about a mile off. We putted over to them hoping to borrow a socket. As we got closer we noticed the tender was a striking young woman who seemed either to have misplaced her clothes or didn't see the need to own any. To say she was magnificent is a gross understatement. It was really difficult (yet quite pleasant) to carry out the request for a plug socket given her ample endowments and natural magnificence.

She loaned us a socket with grace and courtesy and total nudity. Unable to think of any thing else to borrow, or come up with a legitimate reason to remain, we regretfully departed.

Once again able to function both mechanically and emotionally (sort of), and given our engine fouling woes, we thought it would be wiser to start what we knew would be a long trip back to Santa Barbara. Somehow, after the generosity of that tender, diving wasn't as important (that day). And we all had plenty to consider on the long, slow trip home.

Cost to replace tank of bad fuel = $140.00
Cost for three new sets of plugs = $16.00
Cost for replacement plug wrench - $0.00 (Craftsman Lifetime guarantee)
Cost of borrowing a plug wrench from a tender wench = Priceless!

This trip was truly another step toward total enlightenment.

Stay wet..




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