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    Bent aluminum prop
from Darren Cole (129.173.90.146)  
7/24/2001 9:29:00 AM

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 I was backing my boat on the trailer out of a tight spot when I bumped into a rotten fence post. There was no major damage except a slightly bent blade on my prop. I managed to reshape it to the point where I can no longer tell which blade was bent. Is there an effective method for this kind of on-the-spot repair? Any special tools? Just in case I manage to do something like this again, I want to be better prepaired.


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   Propellors 101 from Cap Tim (66.89.87.59)  7/24/2001 9:57:00 AM
 Aluminum props are spares. Get a stainless for better performance and peace of mind, because a steel prop cuts rocks and timber without bending much if at all.

The blades are much thinner therefore less resistance, and no flex transfers torque to the water better.

They are expensive, but I buy from prop repair places at half price. Your aluminum will be out of balance without anvil repair, and will damage the shaft bearings with much use, not to mention a vibro ride. Get with steel.


   Ack! from cwa (206.168.248.34)  7/24/2001 8:06:00 PM
  Tim , you're right about stainless props not bending when they hit rocks. What they do is transfer the shock to the propshaft and gear teeth.

An aluminum prop costs next to nothing compared with a gearcase rebuild.

I'm not against stainless props (got one on my boat) but if you think you can run it through rocks and trees without worry, you're wrong.


   Experinces with Steel from Cap Tim (66.89.87.59)  7/25/2001 10:07:00 AM
 The rubber hub in the center of the prop absorbs the shock in both the steel and the aluminum. I stay off the rocks but encounter sandbars in the gulf and a tree or two in the lake.

An aluminum prop cost $90 to retune. A stainless costs $90. The frequency of trips to the shop is at least 5 to 1 aluminum with only the slightest brush of the sandy bottom.

If you pile it up either one could take the foot out. I just won't put up with flimsy props.


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