Today I took a mate out for a sail. All good so far. We finished our sail (nice gentle 20 knot
Northerly cook strait zepher) and started the motor
to turn into the wind
and take the sail down. Once the sail was down I noticed that the motor
didn't sound right. No Phooof splash sound coming out the exaust. I leant over the side and no gush of water
coming out. Checked the temperature and the needle was as far in the red as it could go. Oh ****. I turned the motor off and pulled out some gib as I was heading over the bar and only 200m from the swells crashing on the beach. Then I sailed back into the marina. 4.5knots through the entrance to beat the side on tide, turn towards the club house (into the wind) and luff up and then turn down the finger of my pier (wind beam on again at 20 knots). Roll in the furler
about 20metres from my berth and turn into the berth with the wind
behind me. Start the motor for 20 seconds as a brake and call the diesel mechanic
and change my underpants.
turns out the impeller is shredded. No fins left on it.
reckons I got a temporary blockage (plastic bag or something) on the outside of my saildrive
. Said this caused the impeller to be dry and shred.
Said the blockage would have fallen off in the marina or when I turned off the motor.
D1 30 is 6 months old and has done 30 hours.
Do you guys reckon this is a plausable explaination or do you reckon the impellor was faulty?
Now I know how Captain
Cook felt coming into a harbour without a motor!!