DW, Interesting read ref Happy Stars Breakdown, being a new ship I suppose that would have to be put down to the Newness Effect, you know the saying, " oh she will be ok when the newness wears off ", the times I have spent days trying to locate yet again intermittent faults, checking and testing all sensors, actuators, looms, ECU' s etc etc and finding no faults. Sail with the ship and never ever duplicate the faults. Leave the ship , now comes the nail biting waiting for that expected phone call which never came. So what was the fault? No idea was the reply. Probably a multi plug loom connection maybe? Who knows. The bottom line is no one will ever know. In the old days you knew when you had cracked it but now it's so very different. When CR came out I almost went to my old clothes cupboard to see if my short trousers were still there so I could duplicate my school leaving and starting out all over again, , so different entirely just like in a lot of ways starting over again , another world indeed. Went on yet another course last week and was now told some engines had 9 separate injections per cycle, pre, before, during, in case of, after, then after again in case of. Plus one up the exhaust for old times sake. How many will next year bring? And the emissions ruling, load of hot air is what they want to achieve and in my view they are well on their way with that one. No dropped pintles here nowadays. When asked by the deck crew " what was the problem then ?" The answer I learnt in 1960 and which still reads true today, " gorviendo valve operating at incorrect intervals mate " would be the standard reply and as such this would be bandied around the ship to the much amusement of the engineers in the know. Truth is we knew as much as them, zero but bullsh t baffles brains and of course we had to remain the "experts " at all times.
Remembering The Good Old days, when Chiefs stood watches and all Torque settings were F.T.