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Murphy posted 06-15-2009 01:22 AM ET (US)   Profile for Murphy   Send Email to Murphy  
I have been on the lake for four years with two different boats and never hit any submerged objects. My first(only) 2 trips out with my new 4 blade prop and I dinged it both times. Last weekend was no big deal and was easily filed. Today I found a submerged boulder about 50 feet off the beach. What was I thinking buying a new prop? Geez.

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/ GZd8m2fn1rCjO8eEJOnJ3A?feat=directlink

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Moral of the story...Murphy's law extends to boating too. :)

Dan posted 06-15-2009 08:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dan  Send Email to Dan     
Did you damage your lower unit? How fast were you going?
Murphy posted 06-15-2009 05:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Murphy  Send Email to Murphy     
I meant to ask that to the group in my post, but forgot. I was doing a fast idle away from the beach so not more than 2000 rpm. What should I look for in terms of lower unit problems? It ran fine to get back to the dock so I am not sure.
superdave_gv posted 06-15-2009 09:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for superdave_gv  Send Email to superdave_gv     

Murphy that sucks. It wouldn't hurt to drain the lower unit oil and refill -- but don't "flush" just like the advice on cars. That will help get the shavings out if you slightly shredded any gears. But you are probably in good shape as long as you change props before your next run. Do not run that prop again. Be sure to find out if your lower unit is prop slip or shear pin.
David Pendleton posted 06-15-2009 11:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Aww, that'll buff right out.

Seriously, you might be surprised by what they can fix nowadays. This is from my local prop shop:

http://www.propfix.com/services_prop_repair.php

Still no fun for the wallet, though.

Murphy posted 06-16-2009 12:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for Murphy  Send Email to Murphy     
Not sure how this ended up in the Marketplace...pretty sure I posted it in the GAM. Sorry for the confusion.

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