I'm hoping some of you have some expereince with a problem that came up over the weekend.
My wife, the cats and I were returning from Ocracoke
, NC leaving through Nine Foot Slough on a Pearson
34. The weather
forcast was for 5-10 on the nose and it was 20 knots plus
As we got to the area where the sound necks down to the shallows at Nine Foot, we entered some big waves. A set of 3 waves stopped the boat completely, we were hobby horsing badly. I was doing 5 knots before being stopped.
It sounded like the prop was hitting the bottom of the boat as we hobby horsed. I thought all hell was breaking loose. Couldn't shut the engine
down or we would have ended up on the sand. As I got out of the pounding waves, turned and raised some sail, the prop pounding sound stopped. It sounded like it came from under the wheel
or where the prop leaves the hull
. I couldn't see any damage inside the engine
Thsi happened once before in the same conditions and I dove on the boat later, no visible damage.
So what can be causing the sound? The engine and transmission
was new last year and was aligned. Is the cutless loose, worn? Just cavitation? It really did sound like the prop was hitting something on the boat.
We made it home with one seasick cat and I have more grey hair.