How We Spent over $16,000 in the Boat Yard

Recently we encountered a problem that
was initially to take two to three weeks and around 2000 euros to fix. In
reality it cost around four and a half months and over 16 thousand euros. This is
the story of our nightmare haul out. This is a situation that I don’t
completely understand and I’m not sure how much of it is my own ignorance, lost
in translation, laziness, happenstance or actual malice,
but to quote to Napoleon Bonaparte “I want to never ascribe to malice that
which is adequately explained by incompetence”, and Tim Ferriss added, “or
busyness”, and I would like to add or laziness. Never ascribe to malice that
which is adequately explained by incompetence, busyness or laziness. That
being said I’d like to lay out this situation as objectively as I possibly
can in the hopes that we might all learn something. To set the stage the three of
us set out from Spain close to 10 months ago. As to be expected from life as we
were moving forward we encountered many obstacles that together we overcame.
Mistakes were made and lessons were learned but entering into Croatia we see
the first signs of real trouble. The other day we lost reverse gear. Went to
put it in gear and it wasn’t there. Scavenger Jack signing out. Jackson had to
catch his flight to North America to finish his degree in filmmaking
while Tara and I head north towards Pula Croatia where we are scheduled to film with Made On The Road UK and have a Balkan campervan scheduled for rental to
explore Croatia. We made a stop on the island of Mali Losinj where friends of
Alessandro came and diagnosed the problem with the gearbox.
These are lamella. They allow you to shift into forward, into neutral, and into
reverse by gripping and not gripping the gears. The ones in this gearbox…It’s like a polish you know and that’s enough that under the pressure he don’t have a grip to make good connection
for the reverse. We were told we should prepare for a rebuild of the
transmission. Not having reverse is a big problem, but it’s not the end of
the world because we could still move forward so we continued north to our
obligations in Pula. This is where it starts to get weird.
We contacted Ad Maris in Marina Veruda in Pula, Croatia. Patrick came to the boat
and told us that it would greatly reduce the cost of time, labor, and headache to
have the whole engine removed rather than struggle in the cramped engine bay
with a big heavy gearbox for hours BUT this would necessitate a haul out.
Initially we thought this idea was absurd but then we came to the
conclusion that if we could spend a few weeks on land we could make some needed
repairs and upgrades to Arianrhod now instead of the original plan was at some
point in the distant future to have a haul out in Tunisia Africa, which is
where Martin recommended. We also had a van for a week so this meant that we
could leave Arianrhod on land in a safe secure location while we explored
Croatia. The idea was beginning to look all right. The next morning, as we were
making breakfast, Patrick called and 45 minutes later he and this boat
arrived and they were ready to take us to the crane for a haul out. The pressure
of this sales tactic is intense. We agreed to the haul out. This is
turning out to be an eventful day. Within two hours Arianrhod was out
of the water and the engine was completely detached and she was prepped
for open engine surgery. The following day Adis, Patrick’s boss, and his crew
arrived and we commenced the engine removal. Before noon her old battered, but still
solid heart was removed and the gearbox was on its way for inspection. It was
also determined that we needed a new clutch and that the parts would be
difficult to find. We’ll send the gearbox to Rijeka. We will check if we can find the new part because we don’t have new parts this old. Returning to the gutted vessel slightly
dazed we cleaned out the engine bay as best as we could. This is where the
situation becomes really muddled. Adis. Comes and tells us that they don’t think
that they can repair the gearbox because it’s an old engine and it’s impossible
to find the parts and if they can find the parts it will cost around 8,000 euro
to rebuild the gearbox and fix everything. His solution was instead of
repairing it, it might be wiser to just shell out another five thousand euro to
purchase a brand new Yanmar engine from him, of course, with a warranty for
security for the years to come. We would be back on the water in three weeks and
it would cost just over thirteen thousand euros. Now he made some good
points. The engine is old and the parts for it can be difficult to find and
it’s arguable whether or not a new engine is more reliable. The question
really becomes if you plan on crossing the Atlantic and beyond, do you want an
old repaired engine or do you want a brand new one? This was very difficult to
hear and I turned to Reddit and I found a complete Kanzaki KH 18 gearbox in the
USA to replace ours. It could be purchased for $1000, but
shipping, importing, installation, all said and done it would cost near eight to
nine thousand dollars. We also looked seriously into converting to electric as
the dream is to one day be completely off of fossil fuels. We’re going to a
factory to look at electric motors. But it seemed for us it was going to cost, at a minimum, of 12,000 euros. Meanwhile we asked Adis if we
could have our gearbox returned because I wanted to see if we could find
somebody else to fix it. We were returned a box of gears, not a gearbox. I’m still
not sure how I feel about that. We ended up going with the Beta Marine 38 horsepower
engine over our other seemingly less ideal options. With the decision this
costly I was definitely not gonna let somebody pressure me into purchasing an
engine that I was not completely on board with. We ended up flying to Morocco for two weeks because we needed a change of atmosphere. We returned and we continued on repairs
while we waited for the new engine. We got a new Genoa. A new sail, a Genoa.
We shredded the other one. And all the sail makers said that, “well, you could repair it, but it’ll definitely break again really soon.” Because it’s been repaired multiple times. So this one made by a professional sail maker here in Pula, Elvis. Genoa with the Sunbrella. It’s got this here to tension the foot. We removed and reinforced the davit
plates. We extended the davits aft 30 centimeters as well as added cross
supports all completed by Robert. I stripped roughly 20 kilograms of unused
electrical wire and hose from Arianrhod. We saved maybe five kilograms as supplies
and cleaned up the distribution panel. It took me two and a half days to buff Arianrhod And we completed many other smaller projects. It ended up taking
around seven weeks for the Beta Marine engine to arrive and once we knew it was
coming we were moved into position so the crane could access Arianrhod. This is our new engine. Wow. It’s really pretty. A quick aside we
were never able to sell our wounded but functioning Yanmar 3qm 38 engine because
we didn’t have papers for it. To me it seems like if you live in Western
society specifically the European Union then you live in a society that values
documentation over form and function and this hinders creativity and I do not
believe that a socio-economic system that squashes individual creativity will
endure, but I digress. Because the engine was delayed by two weeks it arrived
three days after the workers at the marina took off for holiday. Because in
Europe it is common for many people to take a couple months off of work in the
winter. Adis told us that he would not help us and instead we should try to
find somebody else to help us because he would be on holiday, but all the
mechanics were on holiday, and so the only help that Adis actually provided was
a number for a contact in Split. A man named Igor who we bought our Beta Marine
engine from and then after that we never saw or heard from Adis again. I had resolved to install the engine.
I removed the old coupling and I found that the propeller shaft was 32
millimeters in diameter and our new coupling is made for a 30 millimeter
propeller shaft. We need to remove the propeller shaft and turn it on a lathe
to reduce the diameter by 2 millimeters. I do not have access to a metal shop and
I do not have the tools to pull a propeller. Finally I contacted Robert who
had made adjustments to our davits. He agreed to reduce the shaft, replace the
Cutlass bearing stuffing box, seacock strainer basket, and install and align the
engine all for 2000 euro plus materials. We thought this was a bit steep but we
agreed as we had finally found someone to help us. So then, does this corrode? No.
Because you have the zinc on it? Bronze doesn’t corrode. Doesn’t corrode.
Agh, I did not know that. It’s been four months and three days and
today we are installing a new engine. It’s like a hundred and thirty eight
kilos which is around 60 kilos lighter than previously. Slowly down. Little bit more. Little bit. Good. Stop. Going back. Okay. Slow. Little bit down. Stop. Okay, we can proceed. Go, go, go. Stop? No, go down. Down. Down. Stop. Little bit up. Up just a little bit. Stop. Stop. So far, so good. Pull it out and cut the tube a little bit
maybe five centimeters and cut the shaft. So, here’s the problem. This is too close. We
have an adapter, a rubber adapter, it’s about five centimeters has to fit in
there and there’s no space between here and this is the coupling, the
transmission, the stuffing box. This pipe right here this through-hole we need to
cut that and then move this stuffing box aft maybe five centimeters and then we
have to cut the propeller shaft so that it’s the correct length and then we can
have this space in between here the two couplings so that we will be able to
attach on, but the alignment looks good. We need five extra centimeters here. We’re good up front. Now the back. Yes, but put away the…take them out? Yes. Okay and then now I’m going inside and you must stay up here then we pull out the motor. Forward. Yes, a little bit. Okay, stop. This we must cut. Yep. Eight
centimeter. Eight centimeters. You’re hot. They say maybe it’s hot and it’s
going…yeah, expanded? Yes. Without hammer, nothing. I’ll be fluent in Croatian in no time. Doran? Is that what you said? Down? No, down is dolje. See. Told you. Fluent in Croatian, no problem. Dolje. What’s up? I mean that everything will be perfect. Perfect. Yes, everything will be fine. Engine installed. Now just to do proper alignment, secure it down, and then hook it up. Should be ready to start up tomorrow.
I think we’ll give it a test start. We installed the raw water
cooling system and the fuel lines. Then we realized the exhaust system
needs to be adjusted with a high-rise. That right there that’s the problem.
Otherwise it would run the risk of water entering back into the engine and
blowing a cylinder from the rapid expansion of the water vapor. The next
day we added oil and coolant and we hooked up a new battery and tried to
start the engine for the first time. Robert created a custom high-rise for
around 200 euro. The other option was to wait four weeks and spend over 300 euro
to get one from Igor. We installed the high-rise and tested the engine while
supplementing fresh water for the raw water cooling system. We used a temporary
transparent exhaust tube to be certain that all the water was straining into
the water log. Woo! Woo-hoo! I couldn’t stand the thought of throwing
the old Yanmar out and instead gave it to Robert. We determined it was time to
launch Arianrhod. After four and a half months of
bleeding money and suffering stagnation we watched in amazement as Arianrhod
was put back in the water. As soon as we were in the water we
started the engine and checked for leaks. Alright, starting the motor for the first water test. Ready? Ready. Stop. Give it just a little bit of throttle, Tara. What? No, no, they asked if they can put away the…crane? The crane. And then, we’re good? Yes. Water don’t come in. We were then promptly shoo’ed off the dock before we
were settled in. We were literally being pushed off the dock and told to go find
a slip as it was raining and the wind was blowing around ten knots. They told us
they needed the space immediately to lift another boat, which they lifted an
hour and a half later. Once safely in our slip Robert helped us install our
long-awaited Cubic Mini Wood Stove. We thanked Robert for his honesty, his hard
work, and his flexibility and then we prepared to set sail. The period from September 2018 to January 2019 was one of the most
stressful and by far the most expensive period of my life but that’s good
because I learned a slew of invaluable lessons. Here are three of the
many lessons learned from our nightmare haul out. Number 1: never let anybody
hurry you especially if you have to pay them. Slow down. Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast. That comes from the US Special Forces. Lesson Number 2: regular rest prevents
downward spirals. Rest regularly or you will exhaust yourself and when you’re
exhausted you will make a series of poor decisions that will begin momentum in a
downward spiral. First, you have to halt that downward momentum before you can
turn it around and create upward momentum. To prevent a downward spiral
from happening in the first place regularly rest.
Working yourself to death is not helpful for anyone. And lesson Number 3: always
expect things to be more difficult and to take more time than you anticipate. In
the Tao Te Ching Lao Tzu wrote something like this in Chapter 63: the sage
expects everything to be difficult and therefore never encounters difficulty. This concludes Season One of SV Arianrhod. Season One was 13 episodes and took about
ten months to create. It produced around a thousand dollars in revenue and costed
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100 thoughts on “How We Spent over $16,000 in the Boat Yard

  1. You’re a better man than me, I’d have choked that SOB. I hate thieves who take advantage of honest people. Hope everything is going well for you guys, CHANGE ENGINE OIL FREQUENTLY during your first few months of using it. Document all your maintenance. STAY SAFE‼️⛵️👍. Vinny 🇺🇸

  2. Wow those people definitely take kindness for weakness….i bet if you didn't come from AMERICA they would've been alot nicer to you… deal with filthy drain on society parasites. Sorry that they took advantage of you when you were in your most vulnerable state. Those people over there are heartless Demons

  3. I wonder why they even put clutches into marine engines? Just another thing to go wrong. On big ships, don't they just direct-couple the engine to the propellor? To go astern, you just stop the engine and then re-start it in the other direction. Simple 🙂

  4. Totally agree with you on the documentation strangulation hold stifling creativity here in Western Europe. It drives me absolutely nuts. But, unlike you, I can't up and go to live in much less regulated society like you can. Yeah, I know, life sucks,

  5. Ive sailed for 43yrs,nineteen boats later I have found very few honest boat repairers in Australia…they see us owners as suckers dollar wise!

  6. I feel pity for you (and your wallet). A visit to any engine repair shop in Trieste (Italy) only 50 miles away coud have saved you a LOTS of money and fewer weeks of being “milked” in a nice country but with too many wrong, to say the least, people!
    Advice to anyone going there for cruising:
    1. Get your equipment in top condition
    2. Once there, try to meet honest people. They still exists in this country.
    Have nice and safe sailing

  7. Forgot to let you know that the biggest “robber” is the Croatian government! The VAT is 25%, the highest in EU!

  8. i dont get any of this i put one in myself same size.and you could have milled that shaft with a belt sander or bore the coupling out.this has to be fake.

  9. About to potentially face very big bill for new engine+gearbox saying its going to be expensive trying to find the cheapest way to solve the issue, Got bored so decided to all go on holiday to morocco………….. Yea, got scammed biiigg time lol, However I'm not shedding too many tears though, Somehow I don't think the bank was broken.

  10. u couldve just gotten a fresh overhauled second hand engine for about 5-6000.. maybe not over there though.. i wouldnt get a offbrand new engine over a good brand second hand one that is cheaper.. I just swtiched a engine just like this.. new propellor.. got the shafts turned down.. i did it in about 5 days though…

  11. i could have told you for free never to do work in croatia.. you could buy a new engine and have it installed for 16k

  12. I would like to point out that in europe is NOT common to take 2 months of vacation during winter, in Italy (and I guess the situation is almost the same everywhere in western europe) we usually have 1 week during winter, that covers Christmas and new year eve, and 2 weeks in summer, that's it.

  13. Word to the wise. If you are ever in this situation with a broken engine or some major issue, go to a local yacht club bar, go online in the yacht forums or last resort, call someone in the USA/UK/Germany and fly them in to do the inspection. You will pay for a flight and lodging in the last case but you will find out the real costs without being shafted. Heck if you talk to an overseas mechanic they might be able to diagnose and bring the parts with them! Never accept anyone's word about an issue until you've had it verified by a reputable source Seriously since these guys are videographers/photgraphers, they could have posted some great pics/videos to the yacht forums and would have got some sage advice. I feel sorry for these guys for being so naive and trusting. However it's good that they were honest and open enough to expose these shysters.

  14. Another tip. If you have someone at home, ask them to be a point contact for "yacht stuff". You can then email them a list of questions and they can get on the phone to local(ish) people and get more info because they are in the correct timezone and speak live with people. You would just have to wait a day or 3 for a response.

  15. bro how rich are you lol this was handled all wrong, watch sailing into freedom or bums on a boat for practical spending and diy repair. simple understanding of the systems on your boat and the ability to work on it saves you a fortune. but if you got it done thats all that matters.

  16. also search j mantzel for all your electricity, solar and fiberglass, the guy makes his own boats in the middle of nowhere

  17. As a Mechanic, you pissed them off with I know it all rich boy talk.Thats what they went on vacation. Lol

  18. Shame the slipping clutch did in the KH18 gearbox. But the old Yanmar is a liability with parts becoming increasingly difficult to source. Whereas the Beta Marine Engine is an asset that you can recover, if you ever sell your vessel. I think its a good investment.

  19. Ahhh you need a new clutch plate??? That was the god damn drive dampener they were holding!….SMH They saw you coming a mile away!

  20. Man you were ripped off by that guy on your clutch, I am not sure if you are aware that on an out of production clutch you can simply send them off to be remanufactured and restored to near OEM specs for not much money this is common practice in the classic car industry where part availability is a real issue. On a 6 paddle single nonbonded clutch like the one from your old drive train, you are probably looking at around £150 say about $200 plus postage. I would say your transmission looked like it had a few minor issues but nothing terminal until the guy took it apart and didn't return the parts probably $2000 worth of work to rebuild. I think your final mechanic was costly but he was working in the holidays and you were asking for it to be fitted perfectly, which would explain a lot of his approach I suspect that your new engine will run very well as it looks as though he made sure everything in the drivetrain was perfectly set up for the engine rather than the often used approach of striking a cost-effective balance. I am not sure that a new drivetrain was needed but what you have ended up with is a boat with something that looks as though it will be very reliable for years to come.

  21. wait so… you had some little tiny ass clutch disks wear out (literally 100% normal for all transmissions) and you rebuilt the whole thing and spent $16k?

  22. I bought and kept a boat in Montenegro for 6 years and finally sold it after getting tired if getting ripped off by unscrupulous yard owners. Bought a smaller one with an outboard engine and saved a lot of money. It used to be cheap to have a boat in the Balkans but the rich Russians, destroyed that for good. It is now probably the worst and most expensive place to haul out.

  23. when say 2 month vacations,
    they know you not last 2 months in that marina so long,its like polite to say fuck off 😀
    when primary money milk plan fail
    and croatia not that country what can afford lose client
    "dont have papers" sale contract on paper print boat name owner engine number date
    same with new engine,when pass customs they may look papers and you will stuck in some 3th country

  24. First of all, a super well and informative made Video. What happens to them, happens to me all the time! I bought a Fellowship 33 in Empuriabrava, Spain. We want to sail to New Zealand and yes, I am not a Mechanic, an Electrician but only a normal Guy who learned a lot to fix on the boat, but admits, that there are times, when you NEED to go to Professionals. I upgraded all shrouds, all Instruments, put in new pumps, Solar, Windgenerator, an Arch and much more. I went to the 2 Yards Close by. The cheaper Yard, was very dirty, could not get power or water to work on the boat. The Welder (externe one) finished his Job 1 1/2 years after he started it! The second Yard, much cleaner and bigger, they are ok BUT extremely expensive! Each time I have work to do, they Charge me between 8 and 12'000 Euros. They put in 2 or 3 People even if only 1 could do the Job. Then you have to wait in between Jobs, as they have other 'Emergencies'. I have a 40 year old VETUS, Peugeot P4.21 Engine. I wanted to replace all Gaskets, get all new with Rubberhoses, and some other necessary Parts. I have been told, that they can't get anything anymore and that I should by a Volvo Penta 50HP Engine. Driveshaft and new Prop, with the new engine would come to about Euros 20 to 25'000! By this time I would have spendt easily 75'000 Euros for Jobs which the Businesses never where able to give me any Quotes! I live 2000 Kilometers away and can't stay to oversee all the Jobs. You are really screwd and taken over the table time and again. There is NOTHING one can do. First you get very angry about the first bad Outfit and you go and ask around again. Then you go to the second Outfit, explain all really good. What you want and what you don't want! They all nod. But disappointment and overpriced cost happen again and again. No matter what you do and to whom you go. All These Outfitts know, that they have Tons of new and old Clients any Day and they do not Need you. The Catalans promise you everything and Keep nothing. in the meantime they steal the hard earned Money out of your pocket, knowing that you as a Foreigner, have no other choice! We had to go back to work now for the second year. But I still believe, that it is the right decission to fix and upgrade all, before we start. If things later on on the journey brake down or Need Attention, then at least not all will come at once. But Catalanien and probably many other Nations as in your exsample, are the same. They steal it from us.

  25. Document over form and function = Waaaahhh they won't let me do what I want, so I'll label me grief with "creativity" for moral high ground. Douche bag sounds like those morons who want safe space in a educational forum. Why can't folks just accept the world for what it is, a collection of groups of people with different idea's on how to fuck things up? Seriously sounds way less whiny than "boohooo nobody like my idea cause I think it's right and they think it's stupid"

  26. Hi. I changed the engine in my cav32. Best decision I had made on board. Cost a bit, but boats cost. Plus we love them.
    I couldn’t trust my old engine and now it’s all so sweet.

  27. Sail life is the new van life. While the boat wasn't going anywhere, you certainly got taken for a ride.

  28. I am sorry for your costs. Dont trust mechanichs in eastern europe. They are skinning you. But I am glad you are positive after all your inquieries. Glad you got help from Robert though. Wish you good luck!!

  29. Too bad you didn't get lucky enough to let an experienced machinist evaluate your clutch and gear box for turning new parts. Not a lot of options, and no swearing like a sailor.

  30. I am disgusted . You were ripped off . There was no need for a lift out to replace some shims there are parts for those engines available worldwide.btw thats not a clutchplate ! your old engine will be powering another boat now.i am afraid that you were seen coming .

  31. Later down the road you would have kicked yourself for not opting for the new engine when you had the chance. Never mind the naysayers….none of them even own a fucking boat.

  32. put your outboard on a bracket on transom..gets in and out of harbour perfect,,do engine in morroccooo.or turkey

  33. Being a sailor USED to mean fierce independance and stick to it ness. Now it means video editing skills and a patreon account( letting perfect strangers take over where mommy and daddy left off)

    And THAT is why you got schucked and devoured like oysters.

  34. And in "europe its common for people to take 2 months off " wtf?
    Um , no . What kind of ignorant shit is that?🤣🤣🤣

  35. This is how Croatians treat people from other nations…Good to know…Hopefully one day those crooks will be in the USA and the favor can be repaid to them the same way they screwed you.. Everyone saying what they could have done but you are at their mercy when they have your boat torn apart and in their location…I would have waited to have any big work done in the states where it's more competitive market…Soo sorry you were taken advantage makes me sick..

  36. Just binge watched this entire season. I hate the idea of sailing. I'm a prairie boy who's more than happy with my feet on the ground and canoeing around our many Canadian lakes. But this series was an intoxicating adventure and your stamina for overcoming barriers was an inspiration. Keep it up. Subbed, liked, shared, commented. Love it.

  37. You are very smart and ambitious. Why did you allow that guy to rip you off? Judging from the video, you knew what was happening. You should have been less nice, more demanding.

  38. When I stop Laughing!!! Two pieces of advice. 1. Less soy more Tim Taylor . 2. More Click bait . More of her behind instead of her behind the camera. Rear views = revenue. You're gonna need it🤣

  39. Mate … you sound like a fool sometimes with your ADHD style of gonzo filming … bouncing around your cabin with pastiche homilies and august quotes from philosopher warriors et al. which has you veering towards self-help delusionville as you pontificate to camera. There is a touch of arrogant pseudo-intellectualism that taints your efforts at introspection and the spiritual growth you seem to seek as you school us, the vicarious lifeporn 'browsers', who validate your efforts on You Tube. Luckily for you they are those who actually pay you, via Patreon and sponsorship, to indulge in your first world vanity project … the universal dream to sail the oceans in anarchic, exploratory freedom. Just not me …

  40. the people of the balkans are masters at ripping off other people, no matter if yankee tourists, fellow europeans or themselves

  41. lol you get ripped off big but when someone comes and does real work youre getting stingy? and then youre talking about socioeconomic systems? bruh …. oh and my dear americans who love to wear shoes in bed and while having a shower: STOP WEARONG SHOES OR BOOTS ABOARD!

  42. I don't understand what is your problem. You were traveling around and left your boat in marina and the costs have accumulated, and in the end you bought the new engine just like they said to you at the beginning.
    And one more thing you have to be crazy to compare the beta marine with Yanmar.

  43. If you're not already, get on or some other place with experienced cruisers and get advice about keeping costs down by doing your own maintenance. Good luck!

  44. Dylan, i know its to late but, this happens all over the world! These boatyards rip people off as a matter of course! They new that once they removed your engine and stripped your gearbox, you were stuffed. No engineers take takes two months off! They lied! They would not do the work because you did not do it their way with there merchandise, hence they tried to f£$k you! They are scum and they are in almost every marina and boatyard! Sorry mate and best of luck 🙂

  45. We also have our boat in that Marina. And those guys are great very helpful and efficient. I know about your situation and half of this isn't even true. Fist of all you didn't even know what you wanted, however you knew exactly how much the Marina dry berth costs..So going back and forth with decisions is just time wasted on the berth

  46. I think you should have asked around, often other industries would have the parts as engines are common place everywhere.

  47. Yeah, got to say, that kind of unreliable work ethic is par for Croatia. And to be fair it’s the whole region in general. It’s how they do business with tourists and Americans who they perceive as “rich.” They would rather do nothing for months and gouge one wealthy/ignorant sucker. And It’s like a black hole of money. Once you get in that gravity well it just gets more expensive and harder to back out.

  48. You literally got the shaft…. lesson here… keep going (if possible) until you find somewhere more amicable to doing this type of work. Sorry to hear this happened to you guys. :/

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