The Sail of Shame
31 March 2014 | Hopetown to Man O War
Remember a few blogs back when we said that our Luke feathering prop had stripped its gears as we were picking up a mooring ball in Man O War Cay? And remember that we said that Edwin's Boat Yard was able to put on a used fixed prop that got us under way? Well, when we were leaving Hopetown a week ago, I dropped the mooring lines and gave Wayne the thumbs up signal that we were clear and he put it into forward... nothing. He put it into reverse... nothing. I looked back to see this very puzzled look on his face. Luckily, the mooring next to us was empty and we were able to drift down onto it and pick up the lines and secure ourselves again. Wayne checked the linkages and the transmission and everything seemed in order. So, he put on his swimsuit and snorkel mask and got into the water to take a look. Lo and behold, our prop was not on the shaft!
We called Chris (off Groovin) and he came down with his dive gear and luckily, he was able to find the prop. One blade was sticking out of the muck, but we were sure that we had lost all the fittings. We had to wait until Monday to get in touch with Edwins, so we settled back in for a few days. When we did get in touch with them, they said we would have to get the boat back to Man O War. Given that there was a cold front coming through with high winds, we figured it best to wait until later in the week to make the journey.
The entrances to both Hopetown and Man O War are dog-legs, and not something that you want to attempt under sail, so we made arrangements with "Captain Plug" to tow the boat to Man O War (see lead picture). He arrived at 4:30 pm and hooked up to us and we were on the dock at Edwin's by 6:00 pm. The staff at Edwin's were on the boat at 7:30 in the morning and had us hauled out. When they originally put the new prop on, they used the fittings from our Luke prop. Apparently the new prop slid right over the top of the fittings because they were still on the shaft - go figure. Once everyone stopped scratching their heads trying to figure out how that happened, they reattached the prop, put on some heavier fittings and we were fixed by 9:00 am. The only thing we had to do now was wait for tide so that we could go back into the water. They launched us about 6:00 pm and we headed to the Eastern harbour at Man O War for a few days. Let's just hope that it's the last of the issues. It seems as though we've had our share. The nice thing about meeting other cruisers though is that you find out that you're not the only one that has troubles - it seems like everyone does. I guess that's cruising!