Sailing Around The World

Dragonsbane is Down But Not Out!

My plan was to sail to the DR “Dominican Republic” and see what that was all about but the plan has change for the next two weeks. After discussing our new issue with Dragonsbane our theory has been confirmed. During our last 3 day voyage we had to motor sail into the wind for 16 hours and at 3 different points the drive shaft would make a very loud buzz sound and I would back off the rpm’s immediately and the sound would stop. I concluded that when climbing very big swells 10 foot plus the prop would be over loaded and flex the drive shaft which would then cause the cutlass bearing  to buzz or squeal in the strut beneath the boat. I talked with a few local mechanics and they all agreed that the 4 blade prop is over loading the drive shaft and will in a short time cause catastrophic failure to occur causing a lot of damage.

We have decided to send the new 4 blade prop back to the manufacturer and exchange it for the original 3 blade prop. This is where it get interesting, in order to change the prop we have to lift the boat out of the water. The only place to do that is 40 nautical miles around the island to a shipyard where we will have 3 hours to make the fix. so until the new blade arrives my dad will go home for 2 weeks and I will work on Dragonsbane other issues. I will also take advantage of the down time and get my open water scuba certification so I can now go 56 feet down in the ocean to see a whole new world. I will try my best to blog over the next few weeks or at least post a lot of pictures of what I am up to, I am sad because most of my inspiration comes from the ocean. Regardless I hope that these repairs will fix all issues and make our voyage more enjoyable.

Thanks,

Jacques

2 responses

  1. Bill Reynolds

    We stayed in Turtle Cove on the way north. Had to follow a guide inthrough the reefs with our 6.5 ft keel. Did several wall dives which are spectacular. Good luck getting your repairs in order. Cheers!

    December 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    • Hi Bill, Yeah we also had to follow a guide into Turtle Cove becasue the reefs where so crazy to get through without local knowledge. I was wondering what your thoughts where on the Dominican Republic?

      December 24, 2012 at 2:20 am