We left Van Anda on Texada early Monday morning and were excited to sail over to Lund. The light winds disappeared shortly and we ended up motoring all the way to Lund. As we motored into Lund Harbour and were about to manoeuvre into our assigned slip to tie up for the night, we suddenly lost propulsion. The engine was still running but we couldn’t go into forward or reverse.
Luckily we were already in the harbour, it was not too busy and there was no wind. Ellery radioed the harbourmaster so she knew the situation and that we’d be tying up on the inside of the floating breakwater. Ellery quickly jumped in our dinghy with a long line tied to the bow and motored to the floating dock and hauled us in by hand. I made sure the fenders and tie up lines were on the port side so that when Arctic Loon came alongside we were ready to tie up. Once we were all tied up and safe we could assess the situation. Thankfully after a quick check in the engine room there was no ingress of water and no catastrophic damage at first glance.
Fairly quickly Ellery radioed the harbourmaster again and asked if we could move over to a slip at the main dock so it was easier for us to get ashore. She assigned us an easily accessible slip and we made a plan for how we would get the boat over. It turns out that other boaters were listening on the radio and heard we were having engine troubles. Another sailor who was tied up on the floating dock heard and came over to offer help. Ellery and this man both got in their dinghys and tied up to either side Arctic Loon at the stern. They used the dinghys to slowly move Arctic Loon over to our assigned slip where the harbourmaster and other boaters were waiting for us to help us tie up. I was on the boat, moving fenders to the starboard side and throwing tie up lines to the people waiting on the dock. The girls were below mostly happy playing together, while eating cheerios. The whole evolution went very smoothly and by noon we were tied up to the main dock.
Ellery immediately got into the engine room to see what the problem was. He found all four of the rubber bushings in the flexible coupling between the transmission and the propeller shaft had let go and would need to be replaced. A few other boaters came by to see what the problem was and if we needed anything. Ellery went up the road about a three minute walk to the local marine mechanic shop and was able to order the exact part we needed and was told it would be here in 2 days.
Overall, it was pretty much best case scenario. We were never in danger, we didn’t need to radio for help or get a tow, it wasn’t a huge problem, and Ellery could fix it once the new parts arrived without needing to hire a mechanic. We were in a little community which had everything we needed for a few days. We were grateful and I was happy that Lund has a great bakery and cafe where I could escape for some “me” time.
Our parts didn’t arrive until Friday morning but we made the most of our few days in Lund. Lund is a bustling little village where cruisers share the public dock with commercial fishermen. Every afternoon we saw fishermen unloading crates and crates of live prawns onto the dock and then using a dolly to haul them up the ramp to a waiting truck.
When we are anchored or tied up we have multiple and sometimes conflicting priorities. Ellery needs to do boat maintenance. I need to occupy the girls and make sure I get some alone time. Then we need to also find time for laundry, showers, groceries and boat cleaning. Finally, we always make time to do something as a family. Of course we also get to have social visits with the other cruisers we meet.
It turned out to be a bit of a heat wave while we were in Lund, so we also needed to all stay cool. We stumbled into a sprinkler watering a grassy area and that was a hit with all of us but especially the girls. We also walked the 1km Lund Loop, checked out all the shops and businesses, had afternoon appies at the Boardwalk Restaurant and of course spent a lot of time at Nancy’s Bakery, which had free wifi.
We even had a friend Jill-Marie and her 5 year old daughter Lily come visit us on the boat and then we all went to get ice cream. It is always great to see old friends and Maddie loved having another little person to play with.
We also had a friend of a friend John offer to have us stay in his cabin just a short drive from Lund. We really appreciated the offer and if our engine parts had taken much longer we may have taken him up on his offer.
We were ready when our parts arrived Friday morning as we had already filled the water tanks, picked up a couple provisions and got rid of our garbage and recycling. We exited Lund harbour at 1130, 30 minutes before the 1200 check out time. We were excited to finally be heading back to Desolation Sound and were excited to stay somewhere new for the night.
– Chari & Ellery