My boat is filling with water! [...]
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Owner: Pacific Solo

My boat is filling with water! #solosailor #selfdoubt


Location: Kyushu
Latitude: 32.59000000
Longitude: 130.80000000
Published: 23 Jan 2022

To be disabled at sea was unsettling in itself, but when i discovered my boat had a leak once in harbour, self-doubt flooded in.

This is an account of what happened on January 15, 2021. With only a 24 hour notice I had to change plans and rather than a 7 nm passage to the neighbouring island I had no choice but to sail 41 NM in a narrow weather window. Half way and while motor sailing, an unused fishing net got caught in my propeller. With time running out and only able to sail at 1 knot under sail, I had to alert the coast guard who came to assist. I did not know at that time that the Shaft Seal had been damaged by the incident and my boat was nearing a catastrophic event.

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