Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Apollo Beach, Fl
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Rep Power: 5
Joe, that was the best part of my day. Went downhill fast after that! Went back in to pick up a friend of mine. As i was heading toward the beach, into a pretty good headwind, my prop fell off my outboard. Didnt realize it at the time, of course, just had no power or steerage. Put the main back up and got her grounded in a little cove. Tied her off to the shore by driving my anchor into the beach. It was then i pulled the outboard up and discovered my problem.
With the boat safely anchored for the moment made some calls to get a prop. Prop is discontinued and unavailable for my early 80's merc. 4.5 horse. AWESOME. Got a ride with my friend back to the marina. Found a liveaboard with a dinghy that was willing to tow me back in to get her on the trailer. (Would have sailed back, but the last leg through the marina was dead into the wind.) As luck would have it, by the time we get back to the boat, tide is running out. She's stuck good and starting to list. We try pushing her off the sand. No good. I grab the jib halyard and walk out off the starboard beam. Pulled her over till the rail was in the water and with him pushing, we get her free. Wind was favorable, so i sail under main only back through the channel to the marina.
In keeping with the spirit of the day, my rescuer starts having issues with his dinghy motor. Keeps stalling. Ball is collapsing on the fuel line. AWESOME. We finally sort it out after an unplanned docking at a foreclosed home's dock (LOTS of those down here).
Finally get back to the ramp. I'm so fixated on getting her out of the water, i never even caught the guy's name. Pull her out of the water, start packing up. As i am dropping the mast, the mast gets jammed in the step and pulls itself right off the deck. AWESOME. I load my propless outboard and sails and rudder into my van and go drop her back off at my storage lot.
I LEARNED ALOT ON MY SECOND SAILING TRIP EVER. Never panicked, never got pissed, just dealt with the problem at hand and moved on to the next one. My friend even remarked that she was amazed how cool i was dealing with everything. I appreciated that alot. Ordered a new prop this afternoon- found a shop in NJ that has one in stock still (i hope). Can't wait to get back out. Guess my project isn't over yet!