Interesting couple of days. All the parts have now arrived, so things are starting to happen. One engineer is tasked with rebuilding the port engine. Here is a picture of her after he has “stripped” her down:
As you can see, the head has been removed, but fortunately
the main block and pistons are intact (unlike last time). It turns out the injectors had got corroded
as well as the valves, so there has been a mixture of specialist refurbishment
Engineer spent most of Tuesday putting the engine together again and now looks normal again. The main problem was the water traps. Out with the old:
And in with the new:
It’s that big grey thing at the back of the picture. 4 times the size, and should make sure we are safe from horrible sea water coming into our engine.
The engineers are doing their best, but it takes time to fit
and make absolutely sure everything is A1.
To his credit, the manager Andrea, has kindly told me he “doesn’t want
to see me again”! He is very thorough,
so I know this is meant with the best of intentions. It looks like the work will complete today,
Wednesday, so hopefully off early tomorrow morning. Friday is windy, so expecting to be at anchor
somewhere, but Sat/Sun is the perfect weather for a crossing to
Thought you might like to see one of our neighbours. They dropped in for fuel.
There was only the crew on board, very chatty. El Capitano is South African, fiancée was
Zimbabwean, and the crew hand was asleep.
They had come from
Saw a couple of British yachts today, both refuelling. One even had an “ARC