The section of my propeller shaft between the universal joints came apart. Fortunately, it happened when I shifted to reverse coming into the home berth. Heard a "clunk" when the shaft dropped onto the hull. Fortunately, was going slow so I didn't damage the dock with the Coot's steel hull, and the shaft didn't thrash around since both ends came loose at the same time. Apparently, I was losing "c" clips retaining the U-joints' bearings for some time.
Where'd it go?
Placed shaft section next to remainder of shaft for this photo.
No real harm, all thanks to my guardian angel and christening of the Coot.
"... Today we come to name this lady Carquinez Coot
, and send her to sea to be cared for, and to guard Mark and Perla. We ask the sailors of old and the mood of God that is the sea to accept Carquinez Coot
as her name, to help her through her passages, and allow her to return with her crew safely."