Heckuva feeling to be driving a rocketship and be busted down to limping along.
I spun the (rubber) prop hub on my center console fishing boat
one afternoon. Had left Port A behind and was heading up the Lydia Ann channel of Aransas Bay, about 9-10 miles from the dock
, cruising at ~25kt when zip, no propulsion
200hp o/b engine
was running fine, but no thrust (checked to see the prop was still on and barely moving). Determined that I could actually make about 0.8-1kt progress on the GPS
(by the shaft dragging the prop hub I guess), so just kept chugging along and enjoyed the trip as best I could ( at <1kt, you can actually fix a meal and eat it on the pulpit, without the 100% alertness that 20-40kts requires).
It got dark and I didn't make the dock
until after midnight (20-30 minute trip took ~8 hours). Could have called for a tow but didn't want to bother with a minor problem (although a headwind would have probably been enough to halt any forward motion).
Boatman's gonna have to unwind
after this (forced?) snails pace segment...
Lots of interesting speculation on what the problem is, so how about a hole in a hull
(cause to be determined), with a jury-rigged patch that is just holding on, slowing things down?