Thanks to everyone for the responses so far.
let me respond in order.
Here's the complete rundown.
The boat is new to me. Bought in CT and heading home to Kent Narrows on the Chesapeake.
Up until the day of the accident I had a good friend with me, but he had to leave and get back to Philly.
Anyway we were entering the harbor at New Rochelle for the night and as we passed buoy 9 there was a small but kinda sharp bump. We were definitely in the channel and when I checked the depth gauge had plenty of water under the keel.
There was no change in vibrations so I presumed the prop had not sustained damage and there was not any water coming in.
Oh yeah my friend told me the locals are like "Oh yeah, there is someting near buoy 9".
So the next day I set out for my next layover in Flushing Bay and then would tackle Hell's Gate the next day.
Good time to mention that I am not a particularly experienced sailor so I was a bit nervous.
Made several course corrections and did not notice any steering issues.
Just a few hundred yards from Throgs Neck bridge am turning to starboard and she is not responding, in fact she is turning to port.
I freak slightly thinking OMG are the currents here that strong?
So I try to head back the way I came to (in my mind) get out of this current.
I then just happen to glance down at the galley and there are several inches of water gurgling up thru the bilge hatch and from under the forward cabin door.
Grabbed the mic and my USCG training kicked in. I handled radio comms on helos out of New Orleans many moons ago.
Be calm, be clear, be direct, and in what order to say things.
"Mayday,Mayday,Mayday"---the reason for repeating it is for whoever hears it is prepared to pay attention. "MV Idlewild taking on water position lat/long".
Interesting to me was quickly I was being asked for position based on landmarks. Now this is where it got a little humorous to me. I'm looking at a breakwater where in very large letters it says SUNY maritime college.
So anyway...a sailboat to starboard ahead of me turned towards me.
Thank you to those folks, and within minutes there was both USCG and NYPD and towboatUS boats heading towards me.
It was really a swarm, at least 7 vessels.
They jumped on with pumps while one of them searched for the hole. My rudder shaft is actually below the bed in the aft cabin they found it and plugged it.
Something people should be aware of is once it settles down you will get a full USCG inspection. Life Jackets, fire extinguishers, discharge and trash placards etc. I did get a violation about my Coast Guard doc.
thanks for the pic. At least now I know what should be there.
Yes about a foot of the skeg is gone.
There is to my eye no damage to connection at the "tiller" arm.
The bolts "seem tight".
My lazerette only has a hydraulic reservoir in it. The rest of the steering gear is under the bed behind the water tank.
Thanks did not about them.
On to the next
Anybody familiar with buck algonquin.
Since they don't post prices what might I expect. I want to prepare for the shock.