Sadly we have a problem with the engine on Tin Tin....
Fortunately it can be dealt with in about a week.
Coming back from Southampton there was a lot of blue smoke and suddenly the engine lost power and produced black smoke...
Today's investigation indicates that piston rings need to be replaced. This means the engine must be lifted out. Fortunately Tim Newell's team at Endeavour Quay are able to collect and lift Tin Tin out immediately "after our tea break"
Then John Dew, Andy and Ashley (next week's holiday cancelled I fear!) at MarineTech will lift out the engine, and rebuild it in "about a week".
So Thursday 15th September may not be our actual departure date, but there is still a faint hope.
On the positive side the engine problem has been identified whilst still in the UK, and can be fixed before it fails in a critical situation..... one less thing to worry about!