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My first diesel ship was Mahout . I could not name my little boat anything else . Mahout was one of tjhe first if not the first with bridge contols . System was named the " Mahout Control System . My we boat has flying bridge / duel contols so I thought it apt .
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Derek, as I remember it the Markhor was the first British ship with bridge engine control system - but definitely called the Mahout System. Ships List has both Mahout and Markhor as 1963 - which was launched / delivered first?

But I like your style! It's even picked out in funnel blue.
 

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Derek,

Has "Rothesey NB" any connection with your upbringing? Any ancestry in Rothesay, Isle of Bute?
 

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Cheers Derek. Just curious. NB Canada - nice part of the world by the way!
 

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Del,
Make sure you keep an eye on them seals for your leg! Seem many problems with them in my former life! Trailer boat? Plastic? Easy maintenance!
TAMD......?6?
 

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I last saw that name on anything afloat 35 years ago when I did my last voyage with Brocklebanks. Well done Derek great move.
I well remember manouvering ship with the Mahout system bridge control lever, as third mate when she was relatively new, it was an anxious moment waiting for the sound of compressed air and the engine starting..........nervous LOL.(Old Man was Yegg Thomas - you can imagine he was hovering around the telegraphs quite a bit at first.
In 71 the mahout system was not used at all - reliability problems ? I really cannot remember perhaps you can enlighten me Derek. I am sure your modern system poses no such gremlins...
 

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I had 2 deep sea trips on her 65 as apprentice and 67 as 4th eng . Bridge contol worked well in 65 > Johnny Watt ( now deceased ) was chief engineer and made me trace out the whole sysetm . I transcribed it on the back of an old chart ( which I think still lives in my mothers attic )
In 67 when I joined it was not being used as it was reported as not working . I checked it out and put it on and it worked fine ! I think there was a mystic about it the older fellows just did not trust but it worked fine ! We continued using it the rest of the trip .It tended to use more startinair than when using the " sticks / telegraph' as the air was programmed to shut off at a set speed . When using the sticks the engineer would only keep the air on until we heard it fire !. Yegg Thomas by the way was an appentice and good friend of my father ( Charles ) on the old cadet ( Makalla I think )ship pre war . Also to answere Hughs question I am pretty sure that the Mahout was first ship with the Markor following .
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Tks Dox ;
I completley stripped the boat and put in a new engine ( Plus some transom work / new bulkhead and repaired a stringer.)
I had the stern drive apart and checked all out . No probs . But they can be a pain if not looked after .Being retired I can " " bug--er " around with it all myself ( Fun ) but most of the other boat owners here seem to spend a fortune on mechanics to keep things going . I do have auto bilge pumps " Just in case "
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After carefully looking at the photo, Derek, I don't believe for one moment you've got a Sulzer powering your dhow! Oh, Ok, I'll tell you how I worked it out! The clue is on the plate below NB. It says Volvo! How's that for a bit of sleuthing? Salaams, Phil(Hippy)
 

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Next time I am home, I'll have to have look for the Mahout
 

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