Gizmo fixed, thanks to a crack mechanic/technician

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

8 Responses

  1. John says:

    Ben, you’re a lucky man. Knowledgable people like Pat Ricci are hard to come by now days! Thanks for the update. Can you now get data for the N2K network from the VP?

  2. MaineFog says:

    Ironic that an O ring disables a normally reliable diesel run by a computer.
    Glad to hear it is back in operation with summer here.

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    John, it would be great if I could get the live serial data to N2K, but I think it would take some help from deep inside Volvo Penta’s engineering department (that’s an invitation ;-).
    MaineFog, the 0 ring failure has obviously happened before, which was why Pat was able to confidently diagnose it with a few questions about the leak location. But this particular engine got 10 years and 1,750 hours before failure, and apparently might have run trouble free for much longer, making it one of those problems not many people know about. Pat says that overall it’s a darn good engine (and I’m hoping he meant it ;-).

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Talk about engine problems: I just read that the 750 foot deepwater drill ship Stena Forth will soon anchor off Rockland to have three of its six 5,500Kw azimuth thrusters replaced. How is that possible to do in the water? And how could they need replacement a year after the ship was built?

  5. MaineFog says:

    Cianbro is going to do the work on the Rolls Royce thrusters which have some engineering problems. There will be a 100 yard USCG security zone around the drilling ship which will anchor about 1.5 miles out. 44º06’54″N, 069º02’54″W
    Get your pots out of there Ben.
    Apparently they will use a mobile dock that essentially mounts onto the ship and they pump the water out. The dock provides dry access to the unit. I hope they take pictures.

  6. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Great post Ben– I knew that Pat would treat you right!

  7. Jay Sellers says:

    I’ve been in an apprentice relationship with a master electronics technician for close to 3 years now that probably matches Justin’s relationship to Pat. I thank God for putting me in the path of Lester Forbes at such a time for him to gain confidence in my ability to continue serving and servicing his customers when he chooses to stop working.
    I’m certain that our relationship is so strong due to his placing high value in the mission critical nature of what we do. He served in the Navy 20 years and it shows.

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