Good news, and less

Muscled-up cockpit seats are back in, as are the backstay runner levers on realigned bases, and safety bars fitted to the butterfly hatch (necessary for crew safety, as everyone automatically places a bracing foot there when working around the mast, but regrettably obscuring Sarah Maxey’s etching). Below, dogs finally have been sourced to secure the butterfly hatch closed.

Less welcome is the disassembled engine. Source of water in oil is as yet unclear, both exhaust and water intake being routed well above the waterline. Somehow it appears the gravity-fed sump has become pressurised, so that oil is blown back into engine, perhaps bringing bilge water with it. Investigations continue.

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