Thank You, Thunder Bay

The above photo demonstrates how a vessel floats happily on the water.  Alas, Arkansas Traveler requires serious work and it will be several weeks before she again tugs at her anchor.

On Friday morning we left Prince Arthur Landing Marina and cruised 9 miles to the Thunder Bay Yacht Club where we hauled out on their Travel Lift.  We thought that the folks from McKellar Marine Centre would pull the prop, set the spare propeller in place, and splash her back into the water. We would be on our way!

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We were mistaken.

Note the severe folding of the blade

Note the severe folding of the propeller blade

In addition to the damaged propeller blade, the strut that supports the shaft has a slight bend to port.  The compromised strut took the shaft out of alignment and added to the violent vibrations.  Bill Zeleny, from McKellar Marine will remove the strut.  It will be heated, and bent back to true.  While the strut is in a machine shop, Bill will check the cutlass bearings and the shaft.

There is a slight bend to port on the strut.  It is difficult to see and that is a good thing.

There is a slight bend to port on the strut. It is difficult to see and that is a good thing.

The pressure from the damaged strut prevents the shaft from entering the bearings evenly.

The pressure from the damaged strut prevents the shaft from entering the bearings evenly.

Further inspection will reveal whether the shaft is damaged.  In the meantime, we will take the prop to Duluth to be straightened and balanced and then head home to visit family, friends and cats.

The Canadians that we have met through this process are amazing, hospitable and gracious.  The Thunder Bay Yacht Club opened their clubhouse to us and shared fabulous stories about their sailing adventures.  They pacified the captain by telling their personal horror tales of boats and rocks.  The club is letting us keep the boat in their yard during the repair process and several members are keeping an eye on her.  The  unique array of boats belonging to club members is amazing.  There are many old classics, lovingly cared for.

The Canadians that we have discussed politics with find Donald Trump horrific and yet entertaining.  We love Canada and her friendly people.

McKellar Marine Centre is a top-notch boat yard.  Bill, Tracy and Steve represent generations of boat mechanics.  Arkansas Traveler is in good hands.

Up on stilts in the yard.  We stayed onboard for two nights, accessing the boat via a ladder to the swim platform.

Up on stilts in the yard. We stayed onboard for two nights, accessing the boat via a ladder to the swim platform.  Our rental car looks really tiny next to the trawler.

Moonrise. Hope that everyone enjoyed the summer solstice.

Moonrise. Hope that everyone enjoyed the summer solstice.

 

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5 Responses to Thank You, Thunder Bay

  1. Martha Bradley says:

    Always enjoy your adventures!

    • Good to hear from you. It would be wonderful to have you aboard with us at some point this fall. Let us know your schedule!

      • Martha Bradley says:

        Thanks for the invitation; would love to come! Right now it looks like mid Oct or mid Nov would work for me if either would work for you. Sept and the first part of Oct I’ll be busy showing guests around the 4 Corners.

  2. tomb215 says:

    It’s good you were able to find a yard that can handle the necessary repairs. Bet some of those stories Robert heard were doozies.

  3. One story was about running onto a rock breakwater and another was about hitting a concrete navigational marker. Quite the tales.

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