Thursday, 28 November 2013

A Monster Decision

The Green Monster, aka Enki's 2005 Volvo Penta D3 engine, was extracted from its lair today by man and crane, and placed in temporary custody. It is believed that the troublesome beastie is for the chop, but local sensitivities preclude too much being said at this stage.

The delicate operation was performed in near perfect conditions by an experienced technical team in front of a small and involved crowd. There were no serious complications and all parties are satisfied with the outcome. A follow-up procedure is scheduled for next week. In the mean time, the lair,  aka engine room, will be refreshed and made ready for a more suitable occupant. Further details to follow.

A photographer with an intimate knowledge of the prior behaviour of the Green Monster was on hand to record its removal. He took grim pleasure in it all (probably the most expensive photographs he's ever taken).

Cockpit floor removed, and the stripping begins 

Up comes the gear box

Body parts are wheeled away

Engine computer and electronic sensors - these have no place on a cruising yacht

The grunt arrives

Informed spectators take their places

Here comes the beastie  - watch those toes

The faces say it all, but not a scratch anywhere


Swinging high, with a towel for the drips

The fag must help (say some)

 A goner


  1. It's so new, so clean! What a shame about the design flaws...

  2. Serge and Charlotte4 December 2013 at 11:13

    Wow what a decision!

    We are wondering what will replace the 'Green Monster'?

    les Kuaka

    1. Salut vous deux! So nice to hear from you. The engine story....ah, you know it intimately. We're replacing it with a Yanmar 110 hp turbo. Same hp as the Volvo, but no electronics. Scheduled for installation after the weekend. Alex madly painting the engine bay now.

  3. I cannot shake the image of those diesel guys working in stocking feet. Cognitive dissonance, for sure. Marmaris standard operating procedure, or special request?

  4. For this company, standard procedure. We've never had more careful workmen on either boat or house - and thorough, to the point of obsession. Polite and cheerful too. They make spending the money almost a pleasure. I'd better stop there.