The operation took longer than expected because the fancy new anode that he had suggested to be screwed in at the end of the shaft required modification. The long slots provided for the stainless steel cotter pin did not reach the hole at the shaft so we were forced to drill a hole through the nut part of the brass fitting. Jose marked the location and I drilled using my Bosch portable drill which proved to be up to the task. I had to use a bigger bit to take enough off the top of one of the holes to take the cotter pin head so that it would not be proud and interfere with the fitting of the actual anode. Then I had the more delicate job of cutting a channel from the other hole to allow us to lay the end of the cotter pin below the level of the brass, also to allow the fitting of the anode.
|Modified Brass Fitting|
Back on the jetty he commented on the very good condition of the propeller - "like new" he stated, which is a pretty good testimonial to a propeller that probably dates back to 1983, when Pachuca was built.
|New Anode at End of Shaft|
Incidentally, the consensus is that there is no point in antifouling propellers because nothing works for very long. Even that vaunted and very expensive "Prop Guard" that I tried proved to be useless. Everyone, including Jose, advises to leave the prop bare and scrub it as required.
The propeller job marks the second (the alternator was first) of three tasks required to prepare Pachuca for sea. This morning I will attempt to engage Joel to fit the new Volvo engine controls.