Most people are afraid of wood boats, they think they'll rot and sink or something, I'm not sure. Wood does not scare us, we can fix wood. We have the tools, we have the technology, we can fix it. :) The engine on the other hand scared the heck out of me, it's really big. But Jason assured us he would be around and show us how to start, maintain and run the power plant that lives in the belly of Iver. That was key in our decision to buy the tug. Without having a ships engineer on call, we would not have considered buying the tug.
The engine room
Having grown up on farms (or ranches as they are called in California) Bill is familiar with big diesel engines, this one is very similar to the big cat tractors he used to drive around the ranch as a kid. It didn't scare him quite as much as it scared me. :) I'm good with Volkswagens.
This is Iver's third engine, it was installed in 1954 so it's fairly new. :)