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jellisfeingold posted 04-25-2002 09:59 AM ET (US)   Profile for jellisfeingold   Send Email to jellisfeingold  
I hope nobody minds more of an engine question than a BW question, but the motor's on an '87 Montauk. While replacing a chewed up prop I realized that the skeg on the gear case on my 50 Honda is broken off, exposing the prop. I bought the motor used. Can a new skeg be heli-arc'ed back on, or do I need a new gear case?
Salmon Tub posted 04-25-2002 10:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Salmon Tub  Send Email to Salmon Tub     
Heck, most guys use duct tape and chewing gum. Since the skeg is already broken, Cabela's sells a stainless steel one that you can bolt on, I believe. You could brobably find it at West Marine too.
DJS posted 04-25-2002 11:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for DJS  Send Email to DJS     

Go to the following url.

Also, when looking for information, you may go to Edit, find, using the last two years of posts. In this instance you would have typed in the word "skeg" and found numerous references to your question.

jellisfeingold posted 04-29-2002 10:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for jellisfeingold  Send Email to jellisfeingold     
Thanks DJS - I ran your suggested search and have absorbed the collective wisdom of the years. To summarize, it seems like people do one of two things: 1) bolt on a SkegGuard, with epoxy for strength and vibration-proofing; or 2) have a prop shop weld on a replacement skeg and refinish. According to the threads, the costs are similar. SkegGuards and replacement skeg blanks are available from a variety of sources:, cabelas,,,, and others. My personal preference would be to have a replacement welded/heli-arc'ed on to restore the lower end to new, rather than a functional but potentially ugly bolt-on piece that says "Hey, I've been broken." Thanks again everyone!

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