To Stay Or To Go? That Is The Question!

I’m not in the habit of poking around in other people’s engine rooms uninvited, but we were waiting at the dock and everybody else was telling fish tales, so I wandered aft and came upon an open hatch. The engines were ticking over, and I was admiring the layout, when I spotted a streak of rust on a starter motor. Sure enough, there was a drip from the raw-water pump mounted above the motor, and judging by the rust streak, the leak wasn’t new. When I took the owner aside and mentioned it, he laughed and said it had been leaking all season but didn’t seem to be getting worse. He was planning to overhaul the pump soon anyway.

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