Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Merritt Island
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The Sailing Gods looked down on us today...
and pulled out the rug. Bastards! The short version goes something like this...
Today we were motoring down the ICW on the Indian River - no wind, but a beautiful sunny day just the same. We were in between two other boats from our sailing club, middle of the channel, headed to an island to anchor for an overnight. I was at the helm, thinking more about hanging the hammock upon arrival than anything going on in the cockpit at the time. I was jolted back to reality by the sound of metal on metal. "Holy ****" as she puts tranmission in nutral then throttle down. Still coasting from our 7 knots forward momentum, we pulled off the channel and dropped anchor. Engine still running in idle, my husband now has the engine access opened up, yells up "shut `er down, there's black oil all over down here."
There's more to the story, but it is too depressing to go on. Fortunately, we were able to get towed and hauled - which was no easy thing on an Easter weekend. Culprit appears to have been a bad prop - a very expensive 1 year old $4,500 prop with a blade that failed (and nearly holed the boat before flying off, unbalancing the prop under load and causing the strut to break in half, cutless bearing failure, drive shaft seals to blow, so on and so forth).... oh yeah, Happy Easter!
LaLeLu 40' Caliber
Merritt Island, FL