Thanks everyone for the comments. My wife and I visited La Rochelle last week to tour the factory and (at least one of us) was able to get out on the bay for a sea trial. I can happily report...she sails!
Unfortunately there were no Mahe's on any of the factory lines so we weren't able to get any 'behind the scenes' photos the might help locate wire runs or the like. However, if there are any Lipari
owners out there interested, we took some photos of several boats on the line. I'd be happy to share - just PM me and I'll send them along.
We also met the delivery
crew and were able to share some drinks and stories. Good folks. Just got news that she leaves tomorrow...on a Friday no less!