Yes, and this is why I was assuming that either his prop is fully fouled or it is not spinning; therefore, the questions,- Is the transmission disengaging? Is the shaft spinning? Is the prop fouled? Is the prop still there?
Nobody has a lack of momentum if a good prop is spinning with the engine at 3000rpm in a 26' boat with a new bottom paint when the current maximum is ca 2.0kts. I had hope that Harborless would tell us more of these answers to best allow some of us to give him some help.
By the way, the Moody that developed the hole and sunk after grounding near Ponce Inlet had completed a recent repair at the location of that hull failure.
Well I have tried to describe the best I can what is happening. I mean, I did install the transmission myself but it is such a simple piece of machinary I do not understand how I could have installed it incorrect to allow slippage, but it is a possibility as it was my first ever transmission replacement.
Second, I did fill the oil a bit high, but its still not above the over fill mark on the dip stick.
Third, I wont lie. I did not clean the boats bottom, well not since Febuary. I am totally sure that barnacles ARE on the prop and that IS affecting propulsion. I did not realize the level of loss that barnacles can have on the prop but it sounds like a hell of a lot. lesson learned.
I am not sure what the problem is. White smoke starts, then grey to black. Diesel is seen in the water behind the boat. It runs away both in nuetral and forward, never reverse (thought I dont go in reverse long or often)
I do not put a heavy load on the engine (except when running from the railroad bridge- it ran away in an INSTANT with no warning. Tons of white smoke.
I will be on the boat during the work and will post everything along with some pictures. The prop is less than a year and a half old. Good 150$ prop just needs a cleaning along with the boats bottom.
I also leave my keel down a bit, thought I think I will leave it up while motoring the ICW.