I have 4 blade Easy by Max Prop. They feather and I have a 44 foot catamaran
with two engines. While in the middle of a mooring
field, I realized we no longer had forward gear
in BOTH engines. After cashing is some karma I was able to thread the boat
out of the mooring
We then anchored and called for help. I had to tell the Tow Boat
US pilot how to steer since his view was blocked by my boat. Credit to Tow Boat pilot as we got the ball on the first try. No gel coat work
is good news.
What has gone wrong with my boat?
1) I checked that the gear
shift linkage is moving in the correct direction as I pass from reverse to forward.
2) While arriving at the mooring ball I gave it plenty of forward and the boat would just go faster in reverse.
3) After mooring I tried again and it seems forward had come back.
Is my prop getting stuck in reverse orientation due to barnacles
or lack of greese? I just cleaned the props but clearly not that well. The props are 10 months old and have never been out of the water