Okay so I guess this isnt really a valid technical question since it is pretty clear what needs doing but you guys are so smart I should at least run it by you.
On the sail south from Mag Bay To Cabo San Lucas Kristina woke me to inform me she heard the prop making some kind of rubbing noise
. I didnt hear it but shortly after she woke me our speed dropped and there was a clunk.
I cliimbed into the engine
Room and found that the transmission
flange anc coupler were spinning happily along but the shaft was stationary. it had shaken loose it's set screws (yes they were siezed but evidently not enough) and the rear starboard motor
mount had shaken loose of it's stringer.
took me some time to trck down some key material to replace the rusted old piece of crap key the professionals put into my brand new shaft and coupler and then some really awkward hammering and whaling on the shaft to get the thing to go back into the coupler.
The problem is my rear mount has no stringer whatsoever over the rear bolt hole and no wood inside the striinger forward. I was going to bolt a 4"X4"X7" piece of Angle Iron under the mount and use that for stringer but there is a motor
in my way. in fact access to the mounts is a serious pain in the butt.
So now I am in Cabo bouncing around in jetski/Parasailing/sportfisher wakes all day thinking of just packing it in and sailing upwind 150 miles to La Paz
engineless. I have tried to epoxy
threads into the mount an that cracked the instant I tried to align the shaft and the other mounts that shook loose are now secured with much longer lagbolts that are epoxied in (with some release so they can be removed of course). It would be nice to have even a motor I could motor off and onto the hook with so even slightly misaligned wouldnt be too bad but without both sides of the mount attached I cannt even get close.
I should also mention that even though there was no noticablle vibration after I realgned the first time (after the transmission rebuild
in Ensenada) the packing gland
got hot for the first time andI opened it way up to allow a lot more drip to cool it. I thinkk this was an indicator of misalignment/vibration that I couldnt see with my eye or hear.
Anyway, I would love to hear thoughts. There are two stops between here and La Paz
so I could sail 45 miles 3 times to get there the only sucky thing is I have to go upwind.
Anyway, thoughts are most welcome,