Yesterday morning, I went to refuel and take on freshwater at a marina 500m away. Luckily, I asked some friends for assistance to come and help pick up the mooring
as there was a bit of wind
Normally I would test forward and reverse before throwing the mooring
line, however it was let go before I had a chance.
Calamity! we are off the mooring and I couldn't engage reverse, nor forward. So before things got too manic we hoisted the headsail and did a few laps but the wind
was driving us towards the shore. Fortunately a friend came to the rescue
and towed us back to the mooring.
I had no revs on the engine
when I selected reverse and later through neutral to forward. The lever on the pedestal
is stuck and it appears that the selector on the gearbox
is unjammed in reverse.
This problem developed after an incident sailing from Adelaide to Sydney
. The helmsman took his eyes of things and we jibbed, which caused the mainsheet to wrap around the gear
lever, and slam the motor
into reverse whist motor
I've only had trouble once before, whilst in sydney
. the lever was stuck so a mechanic
disconnected the cable and freed the selector on the gearbox
by using a hammer and cold chisel. It freed it up and has bee without incident since, that is until yesterday. I haven't looked at it yet, thinking I'd post this first and see if anyone has some good advice.
When this happened yesterday and I realised there was no chance of find a gear
I switched the engine
off. The gear box was hot and when I took the dipstick out to make sure there was enough oil
again, there was some pressure releasing the dip stick. Oil
was fine and I only use 15/40W as recommended.
Not sure what has caused this as I've had the boat
motoring around the harbour without drama on many occasions.