Houston, we have a problem

We left the Caledonian Canal today and motored to Oban (still have not had a lot of good sailing days) and were looking forward to reconnecting with our friends/crew Ellen, Cathy, Linda and Dan.
Dan was waiting for us at the dock and had already taken care of everything (as always). Our goal was to fix the remaining diesel leak before the girls arrived. While finding the problem was not taking us long (the return line was corroded and had a small hole), it took us even less to make matters worse (we broke the T-fitting off when trying to get the leaking pipe removed!!!).
The girls arrived and had a nice reunion while Dan and Philip were taking the fuel system apart. It turns out that neither Hansen Marine, nor the dealer in Florida or even Westerbeke themselves have the spare parts. So, we are in trouble again.
There is a mechanic on the island that might be able to help tomorrow, potentially the distributor in England has the parts, we will find out tomorrow. To avoid getting stuck, though, we came up with our own plan (we epoxied the pieces together hoping that we can build our own T-fitting) and are waiting for tomorrow to see if we have any luck.
In the meantime, Hansen Marine is trying to find used parts in one of their old engines. If that works out, they will ship them to Europe asap. So, there is still hope.
Linda has plenty of mittens and hats (she is ready for the Iditarod) and Ellen brought her latest boat shoes. Her heels are a mile high and fabulous. Cathy came clearly overpacked yet perfectly matched. Her colors encompass the spectrum; teal, turquoise and true blue (but that is just the packable puff;-))

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