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Maiden Voyage Mystery
After months of searching, I finally found *the one*. 28' Newport in great shape with all the trimmings I wanted (Universal D). With a recent survey (six months) that gave her a clean bill of health and a perfect sea-trial, I got a good deal and couldn't have been more excited to own my very own boat.
Fast forward two weeks to her maiden voyage. Fair day on the Puget Sound, with absolutely no wind, we're motoring for a few hours at 4 knots then...THUD. Engine whines and we've lost all thrust. Thinking that we slipped out of gear, I'm jamming from forward to reverse to neutral, back to forward. Nothing.
Fortunately a passing power boat noticed our frantic waving and towed us to a near by marina. After hauling her out, we have a bent strut and snapped driveshaft.
But how? Engine was running fine, no vibrations, everything in alignment. I didn't feel a violent impact (more of a nudge), and there wasn't a line wrapped round to obviously foul the prop...so, what the $#%*?
Struts don't just bend, drive shafts don't just break. With no blatant evidence of any major collision or line, I'm at a total loss for what caused this...Any ideas or advice for a new boat owner? Many thanks in advance.