After anchoring safely, but not necessarily sleeping well – Dave checked the bilge every 2 hours all night long – a local mechanic, Egbert, came out to help us fix the stuffing box. It was a quick fix. The bolts had come loose and a plate or something came off. He showed Dave how to reattach it. This stopped the water from coming in, but now we had to find out why it came off in the first place. We had the stuffing box replaced just a month ago. Egbert told Dave to turn on the engine and then put it in forward then reverse. He immediately saw we had a problem. The drive shaft was wobbling. He gave a list of reasons why this may happen (such as bent drive shaft and engine unbalanced) and recommended we fix it or we would have continued problems. The catch? We have to haul out the boat and have the drive shaft removed. Ugh!
We pulled into Rodney Bay Marina, so that we could figure out what we needed to do. We are behind the catamaran with the yellow sail bag in the picture above. We found out that the Rodney Bay Marina Boat Yard can haul our boat. This is good news. Many boat yards can’t because we are so wide. We managed to get an appointment to be hauled at 11:00 AM the next morning.
Our boat is 24 feet across the beam and the lift space is only 28 feet!
Dave did an awesome job driving into the tight space.
The lift driver didn’t drop the straps low enough and they snagged on the keel. When he drove forward, he dragged the boat along! Dave and I started hollering, “Stop, drop them, drop them.” There wasn’t much room to play with. I was pushing the stern off the wall. We were down to mere inches before hitting. I don’t think he knew what we were hollering about, but he did stop, then we could calmly explain. Shew! Next crisis averted. Man! Our hearts just can’t take all this excitement!
They pulled the sugar scoop close so we could step off before they lift the boat completely out. Once out, they were going on lunch break. After speaking with the mechanic, it sounded like there was no way we could splash today. So we walked across the street to get a hotel room for the next few nights. Looks like we’ll be celebrating my birthday in St Lucia.
We checked into the Palm Haven Hotel. It looks like it is not going to suck being stuck here.
We are a short walk to the marina, where our friends on Renegade, Slow Dancing, and Izzy R are docked. We also saw Rej and Shanique on Migrateur. They went all the way to Barbados and came back and we were very surprised to see them. Tonight is Friday Night Jump Up night. We’re not sure what that means, but the whole lot of us are going to find out.