I would greatly appreciate some help from the experts here.... Ive rung around a few boat
yards but cant get any straight answers to my problem.....
I fouled my prop with some heavy rope
recently, causing the prop to stop, and shear off the end of the sail drive shaft! (Bukh DV8 SME w/ sail drive)
the prop, but got a old spare put back on what was left of the old shaft as a temporary fix. It has been working well, however there is a noticable vibration when underway, that I am guessing is the shaft being out of balance (or even bent slightly). The vibration seems to come though the hull/fittings, is not major but is noticable to me and people who know the boat
. It does not appear to effect the engine
on its mounts.
Im not 100% its the shaft, and im not 100% certain that there isnt other internal damage due to the fouling.
As I see if, I have 4 options....
1) Replace the shaft. (new shaft is $1600 !!!! plus how many hrs labour ?)
2) Replace the whole sail drive with a reco unit (reco unit is $2000 plus how many hrs labour ??)
3) Do nothing and see what happens !
I would really appreciate your thoughts.... particularly on how big a job options 1 & 2 are.