Rogue’s Lombardini LDW 502 M engine — installed in March 2008, but not run until March 2022! — has been increasingly unreliable: harder to start from cold; unceremoniously shutting down. On inspection and subsequent analysis, the oil has “a moderate amount of water and coolant in it, and perhaps some salt”. Despite initial commissioning finding no fault, the preliminary diagnosis is perished seals from its long period of disuse. So, nothing to do but extraction for dis- and re-assembly. Still, it gave opportunity for the cockpit boom tent’s inaugural deployment to protect against passing showers.

And the rainy weekend gave opportunity also to install some thump mats.

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