Here is something that has been a bit of a challenge... we are out on charter
right now, it ends today at noon, and 3 days ago we lost
the prop on our single engine trimaran
sometime while we were sailing... we don't know how it happened, because it was there when we left the mooring
field and not then when we were approaching the next one at the end of our sailing day! So now we have zero engine
controlling ability. So we have to sail up to the mooring
ball and away from it no matter how crowded the mooring field is with other boats or how close to rocks and such and no matter what direction the wind
is blowing from. And there is very often no room for mistakes
because we have no brakes so we get just one chance to get it right. So far so good and if you're watching us on the satellite
you can see that we've been in some super tight little places... whew.....
The map only shows the area but does not show the shallow areas with coral reefs
near the surface and rocks sticking above the water
, so just know tha the areas we're in are much shallower than they appear. Now if we can just make it safely back to the dock
today by 12 noon then our guests will make their flight home and we will be the local sailing heroes!
this morning seemed to be coming in a totally wrong direction for us to get out of our current
mooring ball location so I took the dinghy
out as soon as the sun came up so I could get a better feel for things to see if these surrounding mountains aren't playing more wind tricks on me, (which they do quite often).
Thankfully when I got out to sea on the dinghy
out from behind the mountain range the winds were from the favorable direction for what we needed, so we pulled the boat by dinghy out far enough to catch winds from the right direction and we are now sailing back home to port in St Thomas. Our back up plan to put them on a shuttle boat from St Johns if the wind didn't cooperate wasn't needed, but once we decided to take the wind home... then we're pretty much committed to having to do that so we really had to get this decision right.
And that's how we're spending Christmas
Now here is the $64,000 question... Does anyone know where we can get a 26" 3-blade "classic" Max-Prop prop with 17.8" pitch
left-hand counter rotating prop for a 2" shaft? The the prop is called Max-Prop by PYI out of Washington
State 425-355-3669 which has moving swiveling blades, (which we don't really like) but we don't even care about THAT specific prop at this point right now... all we care about is getting a prop that will fit our shaft and work well enough for the boat to move us in and out of mooring fields.
Our engine is a Perkins
225 hp with 2" shaft.
And even if someone can find us a right hand prop then we'll just put the engine in reverse to go forward...
We have another charter
that starts on the day after Christmas
and don't want to have to sail every day in and out of our moorings... we've been lucky so far but can't press out luck.
Have a very merry Christmas! and thanks for any help with a prop that anyone can provide! Wish us luck!