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back in place. Work continued on the electrical and mechanical systems. After retuning Hayruss IV to the water, David went for a trial run and found that she had a vibration. A shaft or propeller was out of balance. So he took her out of the water again and removed the shafts and propellers. These he took to Kastel in St. Michaels. They repaired them, and David reinstalled them. By the fall of 1979, Hayruss IV was seaworthy once again. It may come as no surprise that there were no local offers for her ~ not one. Even if she was the best boat on the bay, nobody here wanted her. So there she sat for a year. The following year, a yacht broker from Oxford came down to Tilgh-

man’s Island. Johnson Fortenbaugh knew the Hayruss IV was for sale and thought he might be able to help find a buyer. He had researched the market, and together he and Miss Pete were able to work out an asking price. They agreed to offer Hayruss IV for sale for $65,000. In Ja nua r y of 1981, Joh nson contacted David to say he had a potential buyer and would need to have Hayruss IV over in Oxford so he could show her. David got her ready for the trip up the Choptank and set off from Knapp’s Narrows. He hadn’t gone far, however, before he noticed oil spurting from the back of one of the engines. He quickly shut down and soon found the problem ~ a sensor had been removed and not Call Us: 410-725-4643

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