Preparing to sail 700 nautical miles to Thailand, Yosh went to check the prop.... IT"S BROKEN!!!
In this episode, our folding Autoprop is broken, again! Anchored in a protected bay, Yosh was going over the boat and preparing for the journey ahead when he discovered the Autoprop had a loose blade. This is the same problem that happened causing us to be adrift at sea for 10 days. Lucky we had learnt our lesson from when this problem first happened and we carry a spare fixed blade prop. In remote Indonesia, in some far out murky water bay, Yosh removes the rudder and changes our Sailboat propeller...
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, the battle continues as we try to reach land for repairs. Not being able to use the engine as our prop fell apart, we have tried to sail the 200 nautical miles back to Pangkor marina in Malaysia. With countries borders closed, getting to land is only the first battle. Struggling to sail any distance n the right direction due to light winds and an opposing current, we have our tender tied to the side to try and make headway. With limited outboard fuel, we need to use this sparingly. Finally after 9 days, we reach close enough to the marina where we are rescued and towed the final 50 nautical miles into safe harbour.
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