Hi One and All,
Major issues? with my sail drive.
It's a Volvo
120s fitted to a 55hp NissanSD23 diesel
. A few weeks ago I left my mooring
off for refuelling and water
. It jumped out of gear
, wouldn't go into gear
and is now stuck in neutral. I was kindly assisted back to my mooring
after trying to sort it out before it became a major dilemma.
( I killed the engine
, jumped into my tender
so I could at least keep her pointed into the wind
and slow her drift down. There were plenty of yachts to hit and when alone my first priority was to keep everything safe and under control while I still could, away from other boats.)
It happened very suddenly and up till that point had been fine.
I thought it may have been the cable as it could have possibly broke. It works fine, I disconnected it and watched the lever at the helm
change positions repeatedly.
About 2 months ago I sailed from Adelaide to Sydney
. 3 significant things happened:
1) The grub screw on the water pump
pulley fell out and the main over heated briefly as the water pump
stopped pumping, easy fix and got going again. Location 20nm N of Kangaroo Island. No wind
except way down South, another 80nm plus, but 11m swell from SW.
2) We lost
steerage due to cable breaking in a big blow of the SE Corner, Vic/NSW, used emergency
tiller from Green Cape to Sydney
and, 3) We jibbed at one point causing the main sheet to grab the gear lever on the helm
under a lot of pressure, as the boom nearly took our heads off. Actually an enormous amount of pressure.
Anyway, Ive just tried moving the selector on the side of the transmission
, after disconnecting the gear lever cable and nothing!!! It won't badge except for a movement of 1 - 2cm, BUT it's not selecting or finding a gear. It feels very jammed without going overboard
trying to move it.
on the possible damage cost of repairs
and where I can get it sorted out? Don't know how many hours its done, sorry. I changed the oil
and anode before the trip and all was sweet. Now it's sour.
Should I jump over the side and try turning the prop by hand?
Anyone know of a unit for sale
??? I am assuming that I have to slip the yacht which is a 40' Duncanson and the whole exercise is not going be cheap
As far as the boats performance and design, its very seaworthy
very well. I'm in Sydney on a swing mooring near Balmain unable to move which is a weird feeling after such a big trip.
Thank you in advance to all those that respond.