My Liberty Bay

27 January 2013 | Galley
20 January 2013 | Poulsbo Marina
05 April 2012 | My Liberty Bay
15 March 2012 | Poulsbo Liberty Bay
20 February 2012 | My Liberty Bay
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06 February 2012 | My Liberty Bay
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23 January 2012 | My liberty Bay
14 January 2012 | My Liberty Bay, Poulsbo
12 January 2012 | My Liberty Bay
03 January 2012 | My Liberty Bay
25 December 2011 | My Liberty Bay
14 December 2011 | My Liberty Bay
12 December 2011 | Puget Sound Olympia to Canada.
11 December 2011 | Port Gamble
08 December 2011 | Anchored out in December.
08 December 2011 | On Liberty Bay
29 November 2011 | My Liberty Bay
24 November 2011 | My Liberty Bay, Poulsbo WA

Zoop! There she goes!

14 January 2012 | My Liberty Bay, Poulsbo
dusting of soggy snowflakes.
Water temp holding here at 42 degrees. Same as Alaskan waters...unless you are near some glacial outflow or the Bering Straits.

It happens. Something bogs down the RPM of the prop shaft and the engine comes to faltering or maybe a rather abrupt halt. You know that a vibration shaking the whole works, could be a gob of seaweed or maybe plastic whatnot. But that engine powering to a forced stop, is commonly going to especially be your rope or somebody's rope when you have just refueled at the marina and have engaged the prop to maneuver peacefully back out to anchor.
So it was for Brent that he was in this exact situation the other day here at Liberty Bay.
The smart thing to do is put things in reverse and gently unwind the wound prop. A rope most likely will coil around the drive prop shaft until the prop hub is jammed tighter than a plumbers monkey wrench with a tattooed arm lock on it. Things did go in reverse for a bit under a lot of strain and then...zoop! Engine ran free as a bird, in forward and reverse. Brent's sailboat now was adrift with a missing prop. The threaded nut holding the propeller in place, had spun itself off the end of the drive rod, allowing the heavy prop to sink to the bottom.
According to Brent that's $1100.00 worth of an important part down there. A fifteen inch brass device.

Brent has some helpful skills. He is a diver. And he has a little portable compressor and thirty foot diver line aboard. The next day he says, he maneuvers his boat to the 'Spot" at low tide, and goes down there, sinking up to his knees in gooey, mucky, glop and slime. He searched for a long time before he gave up the chore.

Brent in his dinghy was visiting alongside Anna's project boat, as the late sky was coloring up for a cold night. I rowed over with Ruby dog, on the way back to shore. Brent was thinking of just putting things on hold until Longship Marine is open again and seeing if maybe Lois has a used prop at the exchange.

Otherwise there's a place in Seattle that can ship over a new one.

Oh, by the way, if you back over, and wrap a buoy line into the prop, consider what the tide is doing. Leaving it for the next morning could mean going adrift with the whole works, or worse, breaking gear or sinking the boat when the cockpit floods at high tide. All the while, the solid buoy anchor point holds the stern below...high tide!

Vessel Name: Wind Rose
Vessel Make/Model: 1974 27' Sailboat/ Albin Vega/ Hull #2216
Hailing Port: Port of Poulsbo, Puget Sound. WA
Crew: Bruce and Judy
About: Sail year-round and anchor out a lot because I love it. Judy enjoys more summer nature of sailing. Likes going out with me but shys from big weather if at all possible. We make a good, fun, sailing pair.
S/V Albin Vega # 2216 Built in Sweden 1974 year. She sports an MD6A volvo/penta 10 horse diesel. I have a sculling oar bracket, mounted on the stern, and a home made sculling oar, that can move us quite nicely in calm waters. The boat has a short list of projects and is always ready to go. I have [...]

Wind Rose (A type of compass used for wind.)

Who: Bruce and Judy
Port: Port of Poulsbo, Puget Sound. WA