In this episode, after 9 days in the doldrums and receiving a tow for 50 nautical miles back to port, we are safely back in the marina. Let's get stuck into the boat work and search for what went wrong with the prop that caused it to fall apart at sea. You will be surprised what holds these together and discover what failed causing us to turn around. With only a one sentence apology from the manufacturer, this prop is maybe not the best prop for cruising.... Think we need to carry a spare!!
In this episode, we are still over 100 nautical miles from land with a broken prop. We have spent 3 days now trying to sail back to the safety of land so we can complete the repairs to our Autoprop. With little wind, no way of motoring and a current against us, this task is becoming extremely challenging. However, calm weather are days filled with beautiful sunshine. It is easy to forget that we are having boat problems and we are trying to reach somewhere...
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we install our NEW Autoprop onto Nandji. We are very excited about this upgrade to our sailboat. In our eyes, this is the second most important upgrade we have made to Nandji behind the new engine. The Autoprop from Bruntons is specifically designed for cruisers at it can give an extra knot of speed under sail! That is a massive difference for us slower boats!
To install the Autoprop onto Nandji, we have to make a few modifications to the sweep area of the prop. As the new Autoprop has a little larger blades than our previous fixed bladed prop, it also is a feathering prop requiring a larger sweep area as the blades rotate 180 degrees giving the vessel the same power going astern as forwards propulsion. When under sail, the self pitching blades pitch to a degree where up to 85% of drag is reduced allowing the boat a much higher speed under sail! Stop it you say, well I agree my friend...
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