Gjermund Havstad

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
+44 (0)7802572441


Shure! I found Tangent Engines on the net, searching for someone that could rebuild our Gardner LW6 from 1958.
It had gone on saltwater cooling all the time, and I do not think it has been serviced in 20 years....
He was the one answering fast, professionally and kind to my inquiries, much better than the rest.
We got the engine over by boat from Norway, and I went there myself to get to know him better - and actually was invited to stay in his home for the visit (two nights). They are a great family!
Then we discarded my engine as a hulk of rust and decided to go for a newer engine he had running, with new gear and reduction. But it turned out to be impossible to get a gearbox to fit the axel. Long story - but in the end Joe started on my engine, and also refurbished both gear and reduction.
I wanted him to do all electrics, and also make the gearshift hydraulic. I also demanded all fittings for pumps etc to be on the engine, and he did the wiring to both  the weelhouse and the outside steering position. Actually the job on the wiring and extras was probably as big as the engine job itself, and also something a bit new for Joe. Not an easy task.
The engine was finished about a year ago and this summer we were finally ready to hoist it into the boat.
There we had this 54 years old engine, shining with bright finish, and the controls ready wired like a new outboard. The wharf had never seen anything like it, and was highly skeptical.
After connecting diesel, water and batteries the men sort of disappeared when I was left to prime the engine and turn the key. Well, I was a bit stressed by this, but had to try. Turned the key, and it started right away. 
We took the boat out here (2/3 of the distance from Norway to the Shetlands) and it all turned out very well. I did expected a nice fuel conception, but was surprised that we had used less than 150 liter on that distance!
All the way Joe has been there with advices and his sense of humor, and I would not hesitate to give him my very best recommendations. Dealing with him compared to the wharf, have been a absolutely delight.
Here is a link to the facebook album of the process:
Best regards
Gjermund Havstad