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Old 17-02-2015, 23:33   #1
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Left Torquay Beach Hervey bay Qld today 25knot S/E heading north under power , fine 6knts turned south into rough headwind and against tide suddenly no go engines ok saildrives seemed ok props were spinning at idle but no thrust at 2500rpm what the??
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Old 18-02-2015, 01:02   #2
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Not good.

You are heading directly into a cat 1/2 cyclone.

Seek shelter immediately. The low noving now has been brewing in the coral sea all week.
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Old 18-02-2015, 01:05   #3
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Not good.

You are heading directly into a cat 1/2 cyclone.

Seek shelter immediately. The low has been brewing in the coral sea all week.
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Old 18-02-2015, 01:20   #4
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Don't people check weather forecast any more I have just been told cyclone lam now cat 4
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Old 18-02-2015, 01:49   #5
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Sounds to me like the prop may be slipping on the shaft. Good luck.

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Old 18-02-2015, 05:27   #6
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Re: lost power 40 ft cat

Or the shift linkages are probably out of adjustment if both are acting that way at the same time...
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Old 18-02-2015, 05:45   #7
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Re: lost power 40 ft cat

Is it definitely no thrust? So you were going backwards?

It seems both engines developing the same symptom is unlikely to be a mechanical issue.

Punching into a steep chop from a developed 25kn headwind and against tide at the same time requires a fair bit of power - 2500rpm does not seem a lot in those circumstances. What size engines?

As you turned around I assume you were heading for the safety of Great Sandy Strait or Tin Can Bay area. Hervey Bay would be a good place to avoid at present.
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Old 18-02-2015, 10:55   #8
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Yanmar cone clutches?

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Old 18-02-2015, 13:29   #9
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Re: lost power 40 ft cat

I thought the same but when safely in harbour tried to manouver into pen had to use full power to get any movement , something is slipping , either cones or props. Cant believe that both could fail at the same time. Will go for a swim today put in gear and test props first. For other replies i was well aware or the weather and was taking Antigua 3 miles to safety of harbour till all is calm again, from my usual anchorage. Running 40hp volvo pentas plenty of power , have been in similar conditions before with no problem. Thanks to all Paul
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Curious to hear what you find, Paul. Please let us know.
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Not good.

You are heading directly into a cat 1/2 cyclone.

Seek shelter immediately. The low noving now has been brewing in the coral sea all week.
Expected to cross at Gladstone.
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Old 18-02-2015, 18:39   #12
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Expected to cross at Gladstone.
South of Gladstone puts you in the dangerous quadrant of the cyclone in the southern hemisphere.

Good to hear you are out of harms way, paul.
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Don't people check weather forecast any more I have just been told cyclone lam now cat 4
Its not Lam he's running from, its Marcia.
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Yes, two cyclones off Northern Australia at the moment.
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Its a cat, put up the sails!! if the wind was out of the S/E and you're heading north, that should be milk run!
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