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Here are a few photos of our continuing work on the engine replacement. As I write this, we're enjoyig the last night with the engine in the middle of the salon, or at least that's our hope.

Our two pieces of angle steel as they sit on our stringers. The "trough" in the foreground is the installation location for the new Beta. The actual bilge is at left: that deep, dark hole.

Helper Gabriel wields my oscillating saw to remove more material for lowering the engine.

The terrible mess created by the saws litters the trough.

Wings nestles with her side tie on the end of the dock. The entry bouy, the red buoy, is at right.

Adrian deftly wields his grinder with a cutting disk as he shapes the angle steel. He's trying to reduce fumes by sticking his nose in his shirt, with questionable results.

A small boat is carried from its place in the rack to the water for lauch.

This is my end of the engine-moving system. I'm the knot-tyer and operate the system that controls the fore-and-aft location of the engine during our trials.

Here's a good photo of Adrian using the lift system. The blue rope is attached to two built-in lift points and the yellow hook is attached to the hoist system. We can alter the orientation of the engine by sliding the yellow hook forward or aft to raise or drop the forward end of the engine. To place it into position, we drop the transmissionn end and I pull it into position with my system.

This is the first "vape" shop that I've seen here. It's in downtown Papeete and we saw it on our run to town for supplies.

The trough and bilge have been painted with epoxy paint and the stringers have been coated with epoxy resin to make them waterproof and level. It's an improvement!

If you've kept up with the blog, you might not know the difference between a motor mount and a foot. The foot is the red part of the engine bolted to the engine. The motor mount is the black base and silver-colored device that physically connects the engine to the stringer and angle steel. The motor mount is filled with rubber to reduce vibration and is similar to that used in automobile enginne.

I promise Gabriel that we'd give him his own photo on the site. Here you go, Gabriel!

On what we hope is the last night with the engine in mid-boat, Lovely Conni sits with me on our settee.

Lovely Conni reads on her ancient iPhone as we sit together. She's become addicted to Stella Remington novels, written by the first female head of Britain's MI5.




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