I have just had this happened to me last month. While on a Catalina 36 that I chartered in Annapolis, I had just entered Gratitude Marina in Rock Hall Md with instruction to tie up on the other side of the fuel dock. This required me to spin the boat 180 degrees after passing the fuel dock finger. As I was spinning the boat, the transmission locked up in reverse and stalled the engine. I could not take the transmission out of reverse nor start the engine (caused by water in the transmission and metal shavings from the rear bearing). The wind was blowing 16 knots, in the wrong direction, the marina is real tight with only one small entrance in and out, and a virgin sailing crew of 3 women ( This was their first sail). Can I paint a worse picture here. So what did we do.
I instructed the crew to switch lines from the port side to starboard side. I put out all fenders in record time. My main objective was to stop the boat from drifting. As the wind was blowing the boat into the poles, I lasso one them with the springline to stop the boat from further adrift. I got lucky with the lasso. I guess all the living in Oklahoma rubbed off on me. With the boat stopped and the girls fending me off, I toss the bow line to a person on another boat to control the bow. We now had the boat under control and not the wind. We towed the boat via the ropes into a empty slip. Not an easy task considering we had to spring off the poles to get the boat to turn into the slip. We didn't scratch one boat and no one got hurt. The girls stepped up to the plate and rocked! After we got it all tied up, I breathed for the first time and treated everyone to cold ones! Many cold one!
The blender required maintenance the next day!
1.So, good maintainance cannot forsee all that can wrong!
2. Wind drift will always be in the wrong direction. Murphy's Wind God rule! Same rule that says where ever you are sailing the wind will upon the bow!
3. It will happen when you least expect it.
4. It will happen in the most hazardous area during your motoring! Murphy's Law again.
Lessons learned. Alway have a plan B everytime you are motoring. Every few minutes or less say to yourself, what would I do if the engine quits now. Trying to figure out what do after the fact will put you and others in harms way.
Be careful out there