Basically this means that the new hub that holds the rest of the prop onto the shaft is way too big, it’s also a little longer and the nut that holds everything in place at the end of the shaft is too big and has a different thread – all a big mess really. PYI Inc in Washington who we bought the prop from are being very helpful and we have shipped the lot back (as it all has to be rebalanced) as well as the pieces of our old prop they need to duplicate. That all weighed 16 kilos, (think hundreds $$$ for air freighting!!!)
Meanwhile we have done the anti fouling, we bought Ameron ABC4 which is the thickest consistency of any type of paint we have ever seen but should not be thinned unless being sprayed on. It was an absolute nightmare to work with and we are extremely disappointed with the end result. We may change our opinion on it if it works very well as an anti foul however the finish was so rough we tend to think it will attract all the little nasties as they will have something to hold on to.
This has not been a good week and unfortunately each day is bringing new challenges that we could well do without. Think it’s time for me to have another sanity break and go spot some more monkeys – when the latest thunder storm stops!!!