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Great to see more details about Freelance, and regarding the water issues on the S6Ms I recall when she was brought to the mooring under her own power on the Medway the starboard engine was running dry, I went down to the engine room and could see a hole in the exhaust just past the manifold, as I had purchased her as a 'houseboat' anything like that had to be, and was, accepted.
I travelled down to Devon and bought a complete engine and many spares including a couple of gearboxes, manifolds, starters, only to find them after I sold her dumped behind an office in the marina, seems they were 'in the way'.
I have found all the above very interesting as I knew little of her history post war, the previous owner must have been very proud of her in the day, the standard of conversion was excellent, must have been a very sad time for him to sell her.
Yes, she could have been saved, very much so, when I had her apart from a little water in the aft section she was bone dry but as said before removing bulkheads and switching off bilge pumps did little to help the situation, I agree she could have been towed on a good day with no problems, they cut holes in her to stop her floating away!.
I look back with great fondness of her, and some regret it never passed to the right people, that can be said of many things, but she was a beautiful vessel.
Previous owner of MGB45 S3
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