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gunnelgrabber posted 04-05-2002 04:59 PM ET (US)   Profile for gunnelgrabber   Send Email to gunnelgrabber  
I recently experienced some blunt force trauma and lost my skeg and dinged my ss prop. Question on skeg repair. Can i take it to the local blacksmith to weld me on a new one? It doesn't look like it'd be be close enough to seals and gears to hurt anything.'89 OMC v-4 Anybody done it ? Thanks...LM
andygere posted 04-05-2002 05:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
File it smooth, touch up the paint and forget about it. That's what I did.
gunnelgrabber posted 04-05-2002 05:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
I would if i could but the piece missing is about the size of your hand...and gives you little ability to steer.Believe i need to put something there...just not sure how...lm
Arch Autenreith posted 04-05-2002 05:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
GunnelG.

A couple years ago I sheared off about the lower 3-4 inches of the skeg on a rock while backing up somewhere in Georgian Bay.

I just cut the rest off to have a horizontally straight edge and haven't noticed anything different with handling, etc.

I have the lower unit off at the moment waiting for the water pump parts (someone here suggested Twin Cities Marine. Parts already in the mail. Nice people.) and thought of taking it to a local welder to have something welded on but I really can't think how it will help. It won't help if I hit another rock I'm sure. The only time I think it would help is if I came up on a flat surface like a launching ramp.

Arch

gunnelgrabber posted 04-05-2002 06:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
Arch,.. Well that's ok...i was steering at idle speed and it seemed noticeable but i guess planed off it would not be evident. i'd have never thought that. Wouldn't you be leaving your prop and gears etc sort of exposed without it?...LM
lhg posted 04-05-2002 06:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Since I'm a perfectionist, I agree it should be repaired. Your engine dealer deals with this repair all the time, and will know where to take it, are send it there himself. Usually, prop shops do this work. There are pre-made replacement skegs from the manufacturers and others, that simply need to be welded on, and repainted. It will look like new.

A fully intact skeg serves the main purpose of protecting your prop. I would not run an outboard without a fully intact skeg.

cinco de whaler posted 04-05-2002 07:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for cinco de whaler  Send Email to cinco de whaler     
You can order a stainless skeg guard from overtons.com for 99.95 and it will bolt over the broken one and add strenght to prevent further damage. It worked great for me.
gunnelgrabber posted 04-05-2002 10:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
LHG: Appreciate your input and will definitely check my area prop shops.
Cinco: I've contrived my own rendition of that device...now to test it.Thanks...lm
rsgwynn1 posted 04-05-2002 11:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for rsgwynn1  Send Email to rsgwynn1     
Check out the SkegGuard (spelling?). It's really a great product, especially if you run in shallow water. Looks good and is definitely worth the $100 or so.
rsgwynn1 posted 04-05-2002 11:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for rsgwynn1  Send Email to rsgwynn1     
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Arch Autenreith posted 04-06-2002 12:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
After thinking about it for the millionth time I think I will replace it either with a replacement as Cinco or rsgwynn1 suggested or just have another piece welded on. I'm still not convinced that it will protect that much more but everytime I look at it I think I should do something about it. It does look odd with 4 inches missing.
jimh posted 04-06-2002 01:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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sklein posted 04-07-2002 12:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for sklein  Send Email to sklein     
Running an outboard without the skeg can be dangerous. The purpose of the skeg is to help prevent 'prop walk'. If you jump a wave, there are times when only the lower half of the prop is in the water. The rotation of the prop can 'walk' the rear of the boat around in a circle really quick.

Steve

PMUCCIOLO posted 04-08-2002 04:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    
gunnelgrabber,

As a perfectionist myself, I concur with lhg. One of my friends broke off the majority of his skeg on a rock. A new piece was welded on, sanded, primed, and painted. The result was remarkable.

For reasons of resale, performance, and safety, I'd suggest having it repaired.

Paul

Bigshot posted 04-08-2002 11:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Have to have it repaired. I run Skeggards after a mishap because you will NEVER have to do it again. Looks cool too.
gunnelgrabber posted 04-09-2002 10:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
my whaler is a 2nd hand fla. saltwater boat with 27 years of duty. not perfect! maybe later. BUT! the fabricated skeg and cold forged prop repair ran 42+ in a river test today ...very satisfactory. next off to the ga.coast...maybe get to see outre over there? whlie checking boat ramps last week around darien-harris neck..saw a good many nice looking "local" outrages...thanks all...lm
PMUCCIOLO posted 04-10-2002 12:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    
Gunnelgrabber,

Thank you for keeping us apprised of your repairs and the results thereof. May I suggest keeping in your inventory of boat maintenance supplies a can of primer, OEM paint, and clear coat (if applicable). When I buy a boat, the next purchase is the correct type of primer and paint. A little touch-up now and then prevents corrosion and keeps the boat looking like new.

Paul

gunnelgrabber posted 04-10-2002 09:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
paul,
thanks. what i've learned here is that if you want a really nice boat? is to spend the $ and buy it that way!..in that condition ,then keep it that way. it's much like buying good double shotguns,classic cars and books even..i really enjoy using my boat, but look forward to restoring it.it was bought reasonably(low)and the old v-4 seems to want to live forever...lm

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