Posted by: August Sandberg | 21/11/2012

The Flying Norwegian

After the desertion of our propeller, we towed Værbitt to Royal Club Nautico de Gran Canaria for a haulout. When we have done repairs and replacements in the past, we’ve usually opened a can of worms, turning small fixes into very lengthy projects. So with our dreadful 5 weeks in Portsmouth still fresh in memory, we we’re quite nervous as we slowly raised our beloved sailboat from the water.


Luckily, the saildrive and the driveshaft was alright, and there were no unpleasant surprises below the waterline. The new propeller was pressed from a local Volvo Penta dealer a hundred yards from our berth, and armed with new zink and our favorite handyman Jørgen, we sat to work.

A beautiful sight

The new propeller was fitted in minutes, leaving time for a quick wash and a through inspection of through-hull fittings and underwater instruments. Værbitt could swim once again, and safely back in our berth, the crew had a well deserved ankerdram.

A proud boat, finally maneuvering Las Palmas marina on her own

So why did our old propeller decide to leave us? Not being lack of love, the answer must be a mechanical one.

The old propeller was partly home-made. After a terrible case of corrosion, we casted part of the propeller hub using steel epoxy. This may have put the propeller slightly out of balance, causing increased vibration. That, combined with a reused locking washer securing the main shaft bolt, may have caused the propeller to disassemble after 200 hours of motoring.



  1. Hoy!
    Det set vel gearet i “revers” for å unngå at propellen – og gearet – sviv rundt når de seglar? –

    • Hei! Ja vi lar den stå i gir til vi slukker motoren, så slipper vi lyden og slitasjen frå propellen

  2. Godt å sjå at Jørgen er på plass og gjer nytte for seg! God tur over Atlanteren!

    • Takk skal du ha 🙂

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