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Old 15 May 2007, 14:45   #11
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There's alot of pitting on that prop. Do you have a clean flow of water to the blades? Correct pitch? Maybe the blade's bent and the pitting is secondary to that damage. I think it needs professional service, possibly replacement.
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Old 15 May 2007, 16:10   #12
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I think it needs professional service, possibly replacement.
Funny... That's what my ex said about ME! I will get a pro to look at it Cap... It's on an extra freekin' long staft as is, so I don't think I can get it any lower in the water! It could have a wee bend I suppose. Like I said, I use it for a bottom sounder now and again...

Thanks for the tips...
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Old 15 May 2007, 16:38   #13
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Stoo,

That prop would be on the 'To replace List'

I know its a lot of money to keep replacing props but look upon it as buying a spare. Keep that knackered old one as a spare for emergencies and buy a nice new shiny one maybe of a different pitch if you like, to use now.

Then having done that stop bumping along the bottom.

By the way have you seen my prop. Second time out from new my mate took it through a mud bank. I wasn't too impressed but what can you say. I'm supposed to be the Skipper so it all boils down to me. Thats the last time I listen to a so called Proffesional RIB driver.
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Old 15 May 2007, 17:29   #14
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Well, I got 10 years out of it so I suppose I can't complain. We don't have mud on the bottom here... it's good old limestone, and somewhat unforgiving!

I really don't have much excuse for whacking the bottom. You can typically see at least 20 feet down here, although in my defense, my best "whack" was in the St. Lawrence River. It's very dark water there... That's my story and I'm sticking to it...

The thing with using your boat as a wreck diving platform, is that you're typically visiting areas that sunk a ship already. Maybe I should take up fishing.

I just called up my local dealer...

Does anybody have any thoughts on factory props vs aftermarket? There's about a $400 spread between the two...
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Old 15 May 2007, 21:46   #15
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Well, I got 10 years out of it so I suppose I can't complain. We don't have mud on the bottom here... it's good old limestone, and somewhat unforgiving!

I really don't have much excuse for whacking the bottom. You can typically see at least 20 feet down here, although in my defense, my best "whack" was in the St. Lawrence River. It's very dark water there... That's my story and I'm sticking to it...

The thing with using your boat as a wreck diving platform, is that you're typically visiting areas that sunk a ship already. Maybe I should take up fishing.

I just called up my local dealer...

Does anybody have any thoughts on factory props vs aftermarket? There's about a $400 spread between the two...
I have thoughts... Ebay.... next fall....
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Old 16 May 2007, 08:43   #16
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I have thoughts... Ebay.... next fall....
You're not using your props at the moment... Maybe I could borrow one until you're back on the water???

I was reading another thread about testing different props. How the heck do you do this? I can't imagine my dealer "lending" me 3 or 4 different ones to try out before I buy...
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Old 16 May 2007, 20:02   #17
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Hell, I think it's o.k... There's just ONE blade missing...

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You're not using your props at the moment... Maybe I could borrow one until you're back on the water???

I was reading another thread about testing different props. How the heck do you do this? I can't imagine my dealer "lending" me 3 or 4 different ones to try out before I buy...
Borrowing a prop? No problem. You might want to do so assuming MY props are in better condition than yours, that of course may not be the case. Sadly I also live in an area rampant with limestone and I already have tested them to see if they are the "New improved" ding proof models... they aren't...
A good place to get a handle on what prop may be best for your boat is Yamahas website. They have performance bulletins with a variety of craft using different props. You can also call them, tell them you have a Yamaha and need some info on propping it correctly.
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Old 22 May 2007, 08:07   #18
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Thanks Pat... I pulled the prop yesterday and I'll pop into a Yammy dealer today. Apparently he has some no name brands there which require a hub adapter of some sort. I'll look at repair and replace, but I suspect the repair wait is significant this time of year, so that might be a problem.

I'll see if I can locate the Yamaha info as well...
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Stoo,

I use a prop with a hub kit and its better than the original. Far better. So don't worry too much about lack of quality.

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Old 22 May 2007, 08:35   #20
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I use a prop with a hub kit and its better than the original. Far better. So don't worry too much about lack of quality.

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Good to know Biggles. I did have concerns about that...
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