: I can almost--almost but not quite--understand deck
stepped masts and some of the odd ways the Brits have built some of their boats 9for the North Sea) with leak avoidance in mind. Little things like double plates clamped to the deck
from each side, so the chainplates don't actually penetrate the hull
, but ROUND bolts do. Round seals
better, but then again, now the load probably is unequally split unless all the bolts are torqued up the same way. The Brits are good with brewing things, but when I hear "British Engineering" I tend to think of Lucas electrical
systems and forget about Rolls Royce jet engines.[g]
I'm also superstitious about not having sails
ready to use all the time, comes from having had to scurry once too often to raise them I supposed. I'll flake and even tie the main on the way in--but never cover it until the boat is secured to something. I just DON'T TRUST DIESELS, I know the damned things will run forever in order to get you relaxed about them and then, WHAM, stab you in the back.
Getting to your mystery air leak, do the fuel line fittings on that engine
use crush washers? Little thin copper foil washers where the lines hook up to things? I found out the hard way, on some engines you can bleed the whole damn system forever and it will never run for more than a day--if you don't replace the crush washers. It seems like no one ever has them in stock when you need them, so if you need them buy a whole box full. They are designed to be USED ONCE AND THEN REPLACED, they simply are not supposed to work if you open the joint and then close it again--even if you just loosened it up to bleed. Go figure, little nickel and dime parts
killing the whole works.
I hope you bought that marina launch driver a beer![g]