Woke up next to a trawler, booked in with Harbour master, engaged Mounts Bay Marine Engineering to look at the problem. The Harbour master moved us to a free finger pontoon much to the interest of the 4 other yachts stopped there.
- We had run over a floating discarded fishing net
- Cutter on prop had tried to do its job but some of the net had wound around the prop and worked its way up the stern tube.
- Prop shaft locked up and broke sacrificial coupling with gearbox take off.
- Prop shaft bent.
- Move vessel to area of Harbour where it can be worked on either side of low water
- Remove rudder
- Remove damage prop shaft and anything else
- Replace prop shaft and stern gland for new
- Sea trial
- Continue with trip.
Basically this will take about 7-10 days to do. I’m not to bothered about this as Newlyn is a working port and therefore it is only right that those whose rely on a living from the sea take priority. Also the fact that its a working port gives me great confidence in the standard of engineering.
There are many pubs in Newlyn and Penzance that require our attention during this period.