We hung a sarong on the stern to shield us from the sun. It really made a difference. When we arrived at our anchorage, we pulled in the fishing lines. Then I figured I should take down the sarong, not that there would be anything behind us when we put the boat into reverse to anchor. It just wasn’t needed anymore. So, as we were going in reverse to set the anchor, there was a strange vibration. When we finished, we noticed a 1/2 gallon plastic jug floating beside our boat. OOPS! that was the jug we drag behind the boat to attract fish. With the sarong hanging behind us, we forgot about bringing in that jug. Stupid!!
Dave lowered the dinghy, put on his snorkel gear to check it out. Yep, the line was around the prop. He took his special knife below to cut it loose, Hooknife Emergency Line Cutter. It has a hook, saw, a point blade and it can be attached to a boat hook, if needed, for length. Of course it took several attempts, since he had to hold his breath while he worked.
He thinks the cutless bearing looks different. It may have been shoved up into the shaft tube. There is a lip that stops the cutless bearing from going into the shaft tube that he is not seeing. He is going to go below to check that out further once we get to Georgetown.
It was early enough for us to play in the water for awhile. We took the dinghy to check out some areas of coral. Nothing spectacular today. The area where we were anchored was all sand. It makes the water look like a swimming pool.
When we were at this anchorage a couple weeks ago, the winds were so strong that we were rocking and rolling horribly. Today was totally opposite. Beautiful calm seas.
|north end of Long Island with the Columbus monument that we climbed to last year
|won't be using that anymore