Newlyn seems to get a bad press from time to time but our experience was quite the reverse.
The tides indicated that Newlyn was used rather than Penzance though we were concerned about some reports about an anti yacht attitude.
We motored up to the pontoon went into reverse an 'bang clatter' no reverse, missed the pontoon and eventually drifted aground ( rope round prop we thought)
One of the harbour staff appeared in his launch, pulled us off and got us to the pontoon.
Pulled some netting off the prop and discovered that the studs at the stuffing box had sheared. The harbour guy came back and tried to raise the local engineers, he came back later after his shift to see if he could help.
We were then stuck for at least the weekend as the local engineers had all knocked off.
The harbour master informed us that there would be no charge until our repairs were carried out as they considered us to be 'in distress'.
We had free cockles supplied from a nieghbouring fishing boat and nothing but good will from the local fishermen and townsfolk.
Mount bay engineering fixed our problem on the Monday for a very reasonable fee.
The facillities were basic but clean.
All in all top marks for Newlyn.... just check in advance that there is room.
A word about the mechanical problem.... the studs to the stuffing box were brass, the rubber tube holding the stuffing box meant that the annode was not protecting the studs which were discoloured red and clearly ready to break.
A bolt had either come adrift or snapped at the gear box/prop joint, we could not find the bolt so are not sure what happened, was the stuff around the prop to blame or did that bolt just fail? Rather better to happen 2 yards from the Newlyn pontoon than off Lands end? More lessons learned!!