Today I moved to Denerau Marina where they have a Volvo Penta
dealer on site I ordered a new prop from NZ will be here Tuesday so my prop problem seems to be over for now.
Near where my boat is moored a catamaran
hauled out on the sand bar to change his saildrive seals
I went over to his boat with my spare prop to see if it will fit his shaft, my spare slide right on, he also has 16 13 LH props.
I now realize rather late that my prop shaft must have been damaged when my prop spun off the shaft. I was in such a rush with the tide coming up and over my shaft that I did not have the time to really look at the shaft for damage before it went under water I just assumed it was an incorrect prop.
I will dive my prop shaft and look for damage and use a small file to check it.
I need to remove both prop cones and install a nut and pin mentioned
or I will just keep losing props.
I will use 5200 when installing the prop, cone and bolt this time, thanks to the advise on this forum.
Thanks to you all great information and good advise it is always better to have more heads involved when a problem arises.
Now I guess we will be sailing to Vanuatu
and on to Solomon Islands to get out of the Cyclone area by Nov 15th or so
Rick on s/v SeaKey