We caught a line that was attached to the rear of our cat on our prop. This brought the engine
to a halt. When I went in the water
and removed the line, it looks like the SD20 saildrive
is now canted inwards by 10 degrees to the centerline of the boat.
If I look at the engine
(Yanmar 3YM30), everything looks normal. Engine is secured on it's mounts and the upper half of the saildrive
is perfectly aligned to the engine and the boat. So, nothing in the engine compartment appears affected. There are no signs of oil
in the water
around us, there is no sign of water in the gear oil
(that I can tell from removing the cap). Everything looks perfectly fine in the engine compartment - no signs of stress or damage.
The engine starts/runs fine. I have not tried engaging the transmission
as I fear I will make matters worse somehow. The transmission
will shift in/out of gear
with the engine off, so it seems things are not impossibly broken (or maybe they are?).
My next test is to go back into the water and try spinning the prop with the engine off and in neutral. If that works, does it mean we can try engaging with the engine on?
I'm here in Nassau
and there is no one to haul the boat. I think I have to go to Eleuthra to get that done. We have a Leopard 40
with 20' beam, so not any yard can take us.
I'd like to know if I should try running the engine and shifting into gear. Is that likely to create more damage than what I already have?