Many thanks to you all for your advice. I am still trying to get to grips with this method of writing, so apologies if I sound like a numpty.
I bought Sharkie from a chap called John Darlington, who had her for around 6 years. Her navy hull # is 8930 and she has a Dover engine.
John took the engine out and had her completely rebuilt. She has a blue twin console and twin jockey seats instead of the standard pussers single seat and steering wheel that bruises yer bits on a bumpy ride.
Many thanks for the guidance on the pressure relief valve, I will check that as soon as she re-launches.
Re the heavy workload, I guess 10-12 hours a week and a swing around with a spanner to make sure things are tight is not too bad.
I do have a white locker hatch forward that needs replacing but it hasnt fallen off yet.
I have 2 fuel tanks, both with guages that have decided to stop working.
A corroded contact is one fault, the other I have not stripped out yet, but probably the same. The GPS decided to die (salt water ingress)
Oh yeah, the other night (I seem to do a lot of night driving) all the nav lights went out just as I was entering Cowes Harbour. Fortunately I have a bright spot light, which I faced aft and down at the water, then made broadcasts on VHF 69 as i was transitting upriver, keeping as far over to starboard as possible. The following day I found the breaker had popped.
All working again now but a new breaker I think
Pete, a big yes please for the handbook. I now have the book on the sterndrive and am happy to reciprocate.
OK, I will stop burbling now. Thanks again for the help - I will keep you posted with my progress.
Island Harbour IOW