I have never ever ever ever ever ever ever been so relieved to be tied up in a marina as i am right now
Because it has been so windy and the marina was all the way up wind, even if it was on 5 nm, I decided to wait at anchor
for the predicted easing of the winds and headed off a little under an hour before sunset. If I hadn't had the prop issues I perhaps would have motored hugging the coast to get shelter from the chop. But not exactly trusting my installation
and having nothing more than the nut holding on the prop (on where for cottle pin but the tip of the nut had thread) so I sailed. I normally never sail with just the headsail, but I did tonight. Tacking up between an island and the mainland in what became pitch
black and then arriving at a totally unfamiliar marina solo.
When sailing I put the tranny in reverse which was then really hard to put back into neutral (I wonder what is recommended? Never sailed with the fix prop before). As I approached the marina under sail I was felling a bit nervous about the prop, so I prepared the anchor
so it could be dropped and have the remote
in my pocket just incase. I started motoring and rolled in the sail at anchoring depth
which I knew would be just near the marina.
Conveniently they have put me 50m from the haul out
area. I'll be booking a time there for when I'm back with the flexofold parts......
I must admit that in the days leading up to the prop loss a couple of times I heard strange noises when engaging gear
. I put it down to ham fisted handling of the throttle.
In the future, I think I will try to make a habit of occasionally checking the prop when I swim
So f.cking relieved....