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Old 01 May 2011, 08:15   #501
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Yeah yeah, we're back. Made the crossing yesterday afternoon with a pitstop in Dielette for lunch. Forecast wasn't looking good at all but luckily it was easterley which meant wind and tide together for the important bits around the Cape. We almost did a night crossing Friday evening as the wind seemed to die and the forecast was for F4-5 on Saturday, but we were all tired after 6hrs on the river getting back to Le Havre and decided we'd take our chances on the Sat morning instead.
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Oh dear.... what prescience.
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Old 01 May 2011, 14:12   #503
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Hopefully Antoine is going to contact a local Mercury agent based 30km away from the boat. If we can get them to carry out the necessary repairs then I will get a ferry and train back to the boat and continue my mission to get M2 to Paris.

I could do with a crew to join me if and when this does happen, Channel Ribs has already kindly offered his services
If anyone else feels they missed out then here's a 2nd chance without having to do the full mileage. If you can get yourself to Conflans St. Honorine I'll cover fuel/hotel costs etc if you pay for your meals and drinks.

It'll take half a day to get to Paris, I'd like to stay for 2 nights there (there's so much to see and do), then it takes 3 days motoring to get back to Le Havre so you'll need a week off work at short notice.

From here there's a slow boat to Portsmouth and a fast (3hr) cat as of 26th May.

PM me if you're interested and note I did say crew not passengers!
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I could do with a crew to join me if and when this does happen, Channel Ribs has already kindly offered his services
Not if it is the 28th of this month
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That had crossed my mind too.
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I'm disappointed you'd think that I would put the wellbeing of my boat ahead of Erin's big day
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I'm disappointed you'd think that I would put the wellbeing of my boat ahead of Erin's big day
I had to read that very carefully.
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Some good news on Martini II at last, Antoine has arranged for a friend to pilot her further up the river Oise to a Merc dealer called Nord Nautic this saturday where they will look at the motor.

I can't thank Antoine enough for the time and effort he's put into helping out a complete stranger

Anyone fancy a guess at what google translator means by "clamshell box" or "boite clapet"?! A possible cause suggested by NN
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clapet = valves
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Not 100% sure but I think it is "reed valve".
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Old 03 May 2011, 08:06   #511
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Can't be normal engine valves. Apparently he doesn't have any.
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Reed valve/block is a good answer, was mentioned as a possibility by Turbodiesel as well.

Would be nice if it was just that and not the "vilebrequin"!
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I can't thank Antoine enough for the time and effort he's put into helping out a complete stranger


to thank me, you can eat frog legs and snails for the rest of your life?
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Pic 1 - Martini in better form and Matt doing his Bruce Willis impression
More Jimmy Sommerville than BW.
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What's wrong with Jimmy Sommerville? This song's brilliant:

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Just been given the diagnosis - predictably the worst case scenario

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Unfortunately I havent't very good news ...
We made a diagnosis of your engine.
The cylinder 4 is out of order ago - 4 bars while the compression cylinder 1,2,3,5 and 6 are about 10.5 bars
We also saw that there is a major sticking point on a position of the crankshaft, which means that the engine block was also damaged. The compressor valves present traces of oxidation due to the presence of water which we attribute to a passage of water between the cooling and combustion chambers.
So 3k's worth of reman powerhead it is then...
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Sorry to hear your news - that sucks.

You'd have hoped with only the one night in Paris that at least the head would have been OK - but as your shaft is sticking and your water is a funny colour, I guess not...

Ah well, things can only get better now.
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Sorry to read that.
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