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The bum of a 45fter, there abouts, spotting in a AKL yard this am.

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The rode and chain is wound so tight around the prop, they can't get it off. It's a major and probably has a bent shaft.

I know of another incident that the twit of a skipper just kept going from Fwd to Rev hoping the line would come free. They ended up wrenching the entire engine off it's mounts.

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As side point wheels - bigger launches have big engines. I never understood why so many have a shaft that transmits thrust to the gearbox/engine and hence the engine mounts. Seems stupid to me. A proper thrust plate and bearing attached to a bulkhead seems logical to me, unloading the engine mounts, reducing their wear, reducing vibration etc. I know some have this, but it seems not many....

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reminds me of one of my near #%*- ups. was off the Thai coast. I had a new crew on board. left him on the helm, went below to the loo. when I came up he was going between to fishing boats that were pair trawling. too late to turn, nets only 10m ahead, we are doing 6 knots, they are doing 3 odd towards us. pure luck that the net was deep enough to pass over. could have been ugly! :oops:

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