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Old 12-29-2006, 04:24 PM
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You are right, Jim. Competence requires more than training and even experience. Knowing the particular quirks and settings for engines is gained on a particular boat. Replacing a man or two does not have the same shock as starting over. The new man, regardless of his skill, will be obliged to trace out lines all over the engineroom and beyond, for there will be no one to tell him where they are and where they go. He will not know by sight the valve that frequently sticks nor the precise firing rates needed for each speed change. He will not know that a particular lubricator must be filled more often than another. That is gained only on the particular boat and with its special machinery. My heart goes out to both you and your successor.
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