The continuing saga of the shaft and coupling !
Whilst manoeuvring the boat into the marina , there was an almighty BANG and we lost astern propulsion (again) , on inspection it was obvious the nut retaining the coupling onto the shaft had this time sheared off complete with the threaded end of the shaft ..... Bugger or words to that effect were whispered at the time , poor Nelson must think I have Turrets disease !
Now I'm in proper poo , this is a major job that requires a new shaft being manufactured , its an old boat, the shaft is imperial and it seems no one in Portugal has a standard inch and a half stainless shaft
I cant do the work here in Cascais as there is numerous restrictions and hand cuffs involved in doing your own maintenance and getting outsiders in to do it will incur a €60 A DAY charge ....gulp .
So I'm looking at welding the coupling to the shaft using the on board TIG set, hopefully this will hold long enough to get me out of the marina and into the river ..... Towing is illegal here unless you use a proper tug and Im quoted 2 k to be towed 10 miles up river ! ...like that will happen !
There is a discovery 57 which was recently towed in and he says he was charged 7000 euros to be pulled in 20 kilometers ....OMG , So my plan is to put the rib in the water, make sure that its fueled and running well, then use the welded shaft and main engine to maneuver to the outside of the marina and then hoist sail as quickly as possible !
NOTE: reading the pilot book for the area they sing the praises of Tagus Yacht Center so I took a tram and water taxi to take a look at the place, on paper it all sounds good.
I met the owner of the yard and he was really helpful , gave me a tour of facilities etc and really knew what he was talking about, he verbally gave me quotes on the lift etc and I asked him to put these in writing, sadly a month on and still nothing , even though i have spoken to him on the phone and had text replies etc .... nothing in writing, which leaves me suspicious of hidden charges.
So for now I have a plan on getting out of the marina, but I don't have a scooby do (clue) where I am going to get lifted !
Mean while the fitness regime continues