Getting “Adventure” back in shape a trip up on the hard


We arrived in Daytona Beach on Sunday then contracted a virus on, the computer,  Monday.  Then on Tuesday took “Adventure” to Seven Seas Marina to have her hauled out of the water and put up on the hard on Tuesday, for repairs.

We left at sun up on Tuesday morning so we could be at Seven Seas at 8AM.  We were down to just 1.8 knots with the vibration from the motor and prop.  We saw a few rowers on the river that early.

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Plus a few eagles out early.

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When we got there they were just opening up.  They needed us early so it would be high tide.  As we draw 6 feet they were concerned about us making it to the lift.  It worked out well and here are a few pictures from the lift.

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After we got her on jack stands we got a good look at the damage she had gone through.

The strut had failed completely and we realized the old hole had not been patched with epoxy but rather filled in with a rubber type putty.  The stress fractures in the old hole were apparent.  They were passable from outside inspection however not visible was the failed fracture.

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The bolts had sheared and failed then fallen out.  This was caused by the shaft bending and creating a vibration that broke them.  The bent shaft was caused by the line thrown into rthe prop by the boat “helping” us off the shoal 4 weeks earlier. The damage was not immediately visible.

When we took the strut off we realized they had not repaired the stress fracture from last year when they repaired the shaft.

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They did not repair the crack visible in these pictures.  They only put a metal plate over the top of it.

We removed the putty and injected epoxy into the crack then layered fiberglass over that, finally putting a smooth epoxy filling to flush out the hole.


A sheared bolt I pulled out from the top


Temporary bolts I put in to plug the holes until we could get it out of the water.


Again the temporary bolts.

Inside we removed the plate from the bottom added 1/2 inch of fiberglass cloth and epoxy then smoothed it out with another 1/4 inch of epoxy.  Making the patch almost 1 1/2 inches thick with the addition of another 1/4″ aluminum plate. IMG_5958 IMG_5959

After removing temporary bolts, plate, and removing all the 3M 5200 putty they had on top of the fiberglass.

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The finished aluminum plate bedded in 1/2 inch of epoxy.

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The propeller shaft needed to have a new bolt made for it.  Thanks Mat for taking me to Dave to manufacture it for us.

We also had to have the shaft straightened and repair the prop.  Badly worn and holding on with only a cotter pin.  Rebolted then aligned the motor was aligned with the shaft.  A lot of work but the end result is solid.

I spent time in the hole sanding and prepping the work so Tam caught me actually working.

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We need to acknowledge the friends we have met here that guided us, drove us, and were the keys to getting “Adventure” back into the water.

If it had not been for Mat and Rita driving us around and knowing people that could do the job at reasonable prices, plus guiding me through the bedding in epoxy and aligning the shaft the cost would have soared as we paid the marina to do those items.  A super special thanks to Mat and Rita.


Mat & Rita

We humbly thank you for everything.

George and Sarah we originally met when we were here last year and they invited us back.




Mat standing and George seated


Garth directed us to George last year and set off a chain reaction for us.












We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve



Patching Adventure

Late for the blog, sorry.

It has been a very crazy few days.  When someone says do you get a “sinking feeling” that would apply to the last several days.  We felt some serious vibrations and the bilge started pumping every minute for about 5 seconds.  That equates to taking on water at about 50 gallons per hour.  Doesn’t sound like much but enough to fill most tubs about 1/2 full.  But more importantly was the vibrations caused when we increased RPM to 2000.  For a boat they are real issues.  We thought we would have to pull the boat out of the water then repair the strut then put it back in.


When we started contacting marinas we found out how much trouble we were in.  First the minimum they wanted to take it out was $300 then they would not let us DIY the boat, then we would have to go to a hotel while they fixed it because we couldn’t live on the boat.  So the cheapest repair was going to be at least $1000 with everything.  We don’t have $1000 or a way of getting it.  So what next?

I thought about it overnight and thought if I could swim under the boat and poke new bolts in and Tam was down below and put the nuts on we could get it fixed well enough to get to were we are going then work on it later.

We stopped at the next marina Beauford, SC and got a slip so we could work on it.  As were walking past from registering we saw a fellow getting on a wetsuit.  I asked him who he was and what he was doing. He said his name was Peter and he cleaned the bottom of boats in the marina.  Most marinas require it every month.  I told him of the issue we had and asked how much he would charge.  He said, “He would ask his boss”.  His boss was Robert and they said they could do it for $125.  That was reasonable but outside of our bank account.  He told us while he was in the water doing some bottoms that he would look at it and tell us what the condition was.

We went to the store to pick up the bolts and nuts for the job in stainless steel.  When we got back he told us that the bolts were doable and wished us luck and said if we needed help to give him a call.


The drive shaft strut is the part that had broken the bolts. In Mackinaw MI it broke the bolts, bent the shaft, and pushed the strut up through the bottom of the boat.


We replaced all four bolts for the strut with the boat in the water.


I proceeded to get into a swimsuit and dive under the boat.  When I went in the current was so strong it nearly swept me away.  So I got a rope and tried hanging onto it while I pushed the bolts threw.  No go I couldn’t hold my breath long enough to get the bolts in place.  So we called Robert and asked him if he would take a post dated check?  He said he would and that he would dive the next day.

When he came by Saturday morning we had everything ready for him.  We discovered that not only the forward 2 bolts were broken off but the back 2 were bent and ready to fall out as well.  With Roberts help we replaced all four of the bolts and covered them with 3M 5200 seal caulk.


The view from inside the boat of the top plate. I pushed a couple of temporary bolts in to slow the water down.


This is the plate after we replaced the bolts and I generously applied 3M 5200.

When I got out of the hold it took me two hours to get everything cleaned of that caulk and a 40 min shower getting myself sorta clean.

So total cost came out at $155.00 to include Robert’s dive the stainless steel bolts and the 3M 5200 caulk.  At least we can continue.  We ran “Adventure” 2 1/2 hours yesterday after the job was done and the vibrations are gone and the leaking has stopped.  We are hoping that will do the job until we can get to our destination marina.

But getting out of the marina is another story.

“Sailing, the most expensive way to travel 3rd class.”

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve