Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-16-2019, 09:11 AM   #1
Guru
 
Vashon_Trawler's Avatar
 
City: St. Petersburg, Florida
Country: USA
Vessel Name: M/V Sherpa
Vessel Model: 24' Vashon Diesel Cruiser
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 556
No transmission contol and coming in!

My wife, little one, and I enjoyed yesterday cruising around Boca Ciega Bay. We returned to the marina and, while we were just 200-300 or so feet away from my slip, I was suddenly unable to shift into neutral. She was stuck in gear and coasting forward. My wife was on the bow with the hook. I told her that we had no transmission control and I was shutting down. We managed to bring her into the slip without a scrape. It was interesting that my wife and I never spoke while docking but just got quickly into action with the lines--we were in autopilot! I am sure if I had a larger boat the outcome would have been different, but all went well and this was a good learning experience. My wife is very much engaged in our boating and knows how to handle/dock the boat.

Once we were stopped and settled, I inspected the linkage at the transmission. I have dual controls and the small linkage pin broke and popped out. It appears to have been an R clip. It was not rusted as I regularly lubricate this area but mangled and bent. Easy fix and all is good!
__________________
Advertisement

__________________
“Go small, go simple, go now”
― Larry Pardey, Cruising in Seraffyn
Vashon_Trawler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 09:14 AM   #2
Guru
 
City: Full Time Cruising East Coast
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Meridian
Vessel Model: Krogen-42
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 980
Close call. You may need to find the cause of the pin being bent
__________________

__________________
-------------------------
Terry
Meridian
KK-42097
meridian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 09:19 AM   #3
Guru
 
Northern Spy's Avatar
 
City: Powell River, BC
Country: Canada
Vessel Name: Northern Spy
Vessel Model: Nordic Tug 26
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 3,008
I've been teaching my family how to run the boat. Showed them how I always shift to neutral, reverse, and back into gear prior to entering the marina, for this very reason.

Thanks for the training story to share with them. I think I would be able to "dead stick" my little boat in just like you did. Be a little different with the momentum of a bigger boat.

Glad it all worked out okay!
Northern Spy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 10:04 AM   #4
Guru
 
Vashon_Trawler's Avatar
 
City: St. Petersburg, Florida
Country: USA
Vessel Name: M/V Sherpa
Vessel Model: 24' Vashon Diesel Cruiser
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 556
Quote:
Originally Posted by Northern Spy View Post
I've been teaching my family how to run the boat. Showed them how I always shift to neutral, reverse, and back into gear prior to entering the marina, for this very reason.

Thanks for the training story to share with them. I think I would be able to "dead stick" my little boat in just like you did. Be a little different with the momentum of a bigger boat.

Glad it all worked out okay!

Thanks! I am always open to sharing my "challenges" as I learn much from others who do the same. I am going to add your suggestion of shifting gears before entering the marina to my pre-docking routine.

Regarding why the pin broke, I've had the engine out twice for some work (replacing the oil pan gasket and repainting). By the looks of the pin, the yard may have reused the old pin--maybe it was a cotter pin or something someone rigged? I don't see anything that would have caused premature wear--the linkage looks normal. I plan to use quality stainless steel R clip and will inspect often.
__________________
“Go small, go simple, go now”
― Larry Pardey, Cruising in Seraffyn
Vashon_Trawler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 10:31 AM   #5
Guru
 
Northern Spy's Avatar
 
City: Powell River, BC
Country: Canada
Vessel Name: Northern Spy
Vessel Model: Nordic Tug 26
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 3,008
My family thinks I'm a little anal sometimes (I blame it on my time on submarines), but my answer is, "Boats don't have brakes!"

I don't recall where I learned to check the gear, but I didn't come up with it myself, I remember being shown.

Hang around a marina long enough and you may see the gear failure on occasion. I've seen it twice personally. One wasn't graceful at all.

R pins are always stressed by design. Little bit of corrosion or a stress riser, and snap. Mangled, might be that it is missing a backing washer. Like you said, always a good idea to replace any type of retaining pin with new.

I cringe (inside) when I see reused cotter pins all bent up. But again, taught behavior, courtesy of the USN.
Northern Spy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 10:56 AM   #6
Guru
 
Vashon_Trawler's Avatar
 
City: St. Petersburg, Florida
Country: USA
Vessel Name: M/V Sherpa
Vessel Model: 24' Vashon Diesel Cruiser
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 556
I checked the transmission schematics and looked at the connecting kit. Volvo Penta uses a spring washer and brass cotter pin. I was definitely missing the spring washer and the pin the yard used was stainless. I ordered the correct parts for less than $5 shipped.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Capture.JPG
Views:	41
Size:	30.6 KB
ID:	90089  
__________________
“Go small, go simple, go now”
― Larry Pardey, Cruising in Seraffyn
Vashon_Trawler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 05:14 PM   #7
GFC
Guru
 
GFC's Avatar
 
City: Tri Cities, WA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Beachcomber
Vessel Model: Sea Ray 550 Sedan Bridge
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 3,573
Glad your fun and games time worked out well for you.


I've been in a similar situation and just about discolored my britches. Here's a link to my post. When I read through it a minute ago it still almost made me discolor my britches.


Remember that show.....
__________________
Mike and Tina
Beachcomber 1995 Sea Ray 550 Sedan Bridge
GFC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 06:36 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Boat's Avatar
 
City: SchoolHouse Branch
Country: USA
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 439
As a child, I was told by the old-timers about boats that had big, single-cylinder, two-stroke engines with no transmissions. They flipped the magneto and started the engine backward to go in reverse. Starters? I don't know. I think electric starters came later.

The adverse conditions endured by previous generations are a marvel to me. People up north without snow plows and people down south without air-conditioning? Nobody had toilet paper. What does it take to make me happy? Really?

Glad your ordeal ended well.
Boat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 06:59 PM   #9
Guru
 
HopCar's Avatar
 
City: Miami Florida
Vessel Name: Possum
Vessel Model: Ellis 28
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 4,346
Nice teamwork.
__________________
Parks Masterson
HopCar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 07:15 PM   #10
Guru
 
Northern Spy's Avatar
 
City: Powell River, BC
Country: Canada
Vessel Name: Northern Spy
Vessel Model: Nordic Tug 26
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 3,008
Quote:
Originally Posted by GFC View Post
Glad your fun and games time worked out well for you.


I've been in a similar situation and just about discolored my britches. Here's a link to my post. When I read through it a minute ago it still almost made me discolor my britches.


Remember that show.....
That's a dandy of a story. I missed that one last year...
Northern Spy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2019, 06:00 AM   #11
Guru
 
Vashon_Trawler's Avatar
 
City: St. Petersburg, Florida
Country: USA
Vessel Name: M/V Sherpa
Vessel Model: 24' Vashon Diesel Cruiser
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 556
That is an amazing story, GFC! My wife and I read it together and were enthralled!
__________________

__________________
“Go small, go simple, go now”
― Larry Pardey, Cruising in Seraffyn
Vashon_Trawler is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:05 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2006 - 2012