Doing a coastal passage and hit a fishermans pot. I was just brewing coffee below so didnt see it.
Motor sailing. Heard a bang, jumped on deck to see white foam float block disappearing behind. Engine still running so thought I didnt get a rope in the prop. But there a very minor vibration. So started testing it as a few different revs.
Sailing downwind but up current of more than 1 knot so its difficult to test much till the current changes.
Arrival time atm in port tomorrow morning with pretty light winds. 12 to 15 hours. (not much sleep tonight!)
So the shaft is spinning freely in both forward and reverse.
I cant see any rope trailing the boat.
So I hit the revs up high - difficult to feel if there is thrust. Then heard a flopping sound. Sounds like the end of the rope flicking the bottom of the hull.
Put it in astern and flicking sound still there. Seems to make the normal wash when putting engine into astern at 5 knots forward. hard to tell thrust.
I put the engine into astern and stopped the engine sot he shaft will not spin.
(I dont know if I am writing this for you or me!! Im plotting out what to do. You can help
The engine didn't stop so that means its not jammed full of rope.
If the shaft is spinning freely it means the rope is not too long or the clump of it is small.
The vibration is quite small, I am just worried about having enough thrust to get into the marina.
During the lull in the current I'll furl the genoa and see if I can motor upwind.
If I can motor slowly with reasonable thrust I can sail to port and motor into the marina.
If I cant motor upwind I sail to the port entrance, anchor and call for a tow, (its an open seaway and I dont like going under the boat in those conditions)
If there is good thrust from the engine just minor vibration and the flapping of the rope end against the hull for how long would you use the engine? Withthe currents here and weather, to use the engine would be good.
OK so thats my thoughts.
Whats your advice?
Any glaring mistakes or things I havent mentioned, etc?