After a fun long weekend in Malaysia
we pulled into Singapore
. 2nm from home we ran over what later turned out to be a big plastic sheet that wound around the starboard prop. The starboard engine
(sailing catamaran) ground to a stop. We continued on to the Marina on the port engine
while avoiding the harbour traffic. Volvo
(saildrive) still went into gear
yet revs were limited at 2k. I suspected we had lost
the prop. As I got to the Marina I tried reverse on the starboard engine and then forward again and things seemed fine. Unfortunately this testing wasn't enough or the testing just resulted in causing more of an issue. Anyway as I pulled up to my spot the engine revved in gear
in reverse but the boat didn't stop or turn. So I couldn't do my usual 180 parking and nearly went crashing into some very expensive boats. Thanks to some good fender
work from the Admiral and some good fortune that a mate happened to be leaving his berth on a dinghy
that nudged us in.
I have subsequently dived under and pulled out the 3m plastic sheet rapped around the prop. I thought I'd lost
the prop but it was still in place. Engine seems to run fine but does not move the prop. Prop spins freely by hand once engines shut down. What do you recon? Gearbox
shaft? Where to begin?