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  1. Hi Tony. Sorry I didnt spot this sooner.
    I think we both are, or have been paranoid. I will try and be brief, but this has been a long saga.

    The bottom line is that the previous owner put in some effort and money, and could not resolve the problem, and so lived with it happily. Am still in contact with him.

    I have eliminated cooling. Even though I was not convinced it was steam, flushed through a number of times, then removed and fully cleaned the exhaust manifold and elbow. No change.

    Service the injectors. No change.

    Oil usage is minimal.

    In September, the 'volume' became larger. Oct and Nov did a full top end overhaul. Awkward access, but quite simple. Starts and runs as before, same volume of 'white'. Temps a little lower and stable even under heavy load (against Hamble tide, by choice).

    So this season we will just carry on, and stop worrying.
    The most likely candidate now is the fuel pump (overfuelling?).

    Its 40 plus years old now, so wont go on forever.
    We have SeaStart cover. If it stops, we will replace the whole thing, probably with a used Beta which seems the logical choice.

    Please keep me posted on your thoughts and progress.

    Best. Jonathan.
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    How have you got on with your white smoke issue? I have a similar concern with my 1978 Centaur's MD11C. Nothing dramatic, just a bin bag full dissipating over 2-3 metres. More aware of it over the past year, otherwise engine starts and runs fine. Am I being paranoid?
    Tony 07748 023 230 (Christchurch)
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