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Old 08-27-2012
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Slipping prop troubles

Well, after we finally got the diesel in my son's Newport 30 running great, he was able to take it out for a nice 5 hour sail around Charleston. Had a great time and was heading back toward his boat slip on the Ashley river. He fired up the diesel and when he put it in forward, no thrust. He confirmed that the shaft was spinning where it was connected to the transmission.

Now this had actually happened to us when we had finally gotten the motor running again. We could start it up, and when we put it in forward the first time, it created thrust, tugging against the dock lines. We then put it in neutral, then back into reverse and no reverse thrust. Back into forward, and now no forward thrust.

We started the next morning, and again, forward thrust was there, no reverse thrust, and then no forward thrust.

So the day he took it out, he had forward thrust to get out of the slip and out to where he could hoist sails, tool around for 5 hours, and then trouble when it was time to dock, have no thrust again. Fortunately has unlimited towing to assist getting parked in the slip again.

Is something worn out or loose causing the sporadic behavior with the prop?
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