We had a engine shifter cable break today while anchoring the boat after fueling up at the Acapulco yacht club. It's a pretty common cable made by Morse, however mine is a ultra short 3' so, although we found replacements the shortest I could find was 24'. Wandering around town I found a machine shop and he repaired my old cable on the spot and for less than US $7 dollars.
I spent way too much time in the engine rooms today as I started out with changing the oil and filters. Then the cable broke in the early afternoon by which time it was nice and hot outside and the engine had just been running so it was crazy hot in the engine room. Nothing like having sweat drip down your arms and off your tools in copious amounts. Even my 'Croc' slip on shoes were pretty full of sweat and the shorts I had on were soaked and dripping in short order as well.
After our trip to town to get the cable repaired I was not too stoked to go back into the sweat box. But, you gotta do what you gotta do so back in for my fourth sweat lodge treatment for the day after which I was exhausted. Too bad as tonight we wanted to go watch the famous Acapulco cliff divers leap off the cliffs with flaming torches in hand. I guess well have to watch it on youtube as we plan to sail tonight or in the wee hours once the strong winds drop off.