I had a hard sail in heavy winds today and got to an anchorage and it was blowing 30+ and even got to 42. First drop resulted in me being too close to another yacht, so I brought up the anchor
and move. Second drop was fine and I was happy.
A couple of hours later I dived in to check the anchor
set and as I was surfacing in the bubbles I could see something wrong, a bare prop shaft.
I went for a snorkel in the area I was swinging and spotted my flexofold laying in 10m
At the start of the seas I brought my dive gear
to the boat and bought a tank, but had not used them. The sun just dropped below the hill, so in a mad rush I set up my gear
for the first time in 6 years and jumped in.
I had some floating line and tied it around the prop and after first trying to surface with it, found it better to surface, fill the BCD and pull it up.
I thought about putting on my old prop, but I do not have the pin the goes along the shaft.
I am 5nm from the marina I was planning to go to. The anchorage I'm in is pretty open and the wind
is and should remain off shore, so I could sail to the marina (Olympic Marina just outside of Athens), drop anchor just outside and get a tow in.
I'm also only an 8km drive, so maybe I can take a taxi there and pick up the pin there, but I really don't fee confident about fitting a prop for the first time if the wind
is blowing the boat around.
Maybe I can get a diver from the marina to come to me with the pin.
Are the pins a standard size per prop shaft diameter?
To make things more challenging, I'm solo.
In the morning I will call the marina to see what help they can offer
f.ck f.ck f.ck.