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Old 15 August 2007, 11:41   #1
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Minor alloy prop repair

Last Saturday, while trying to pull a grounded small yacht off Brightlingsea spit at low tide, I churned up some mud and gravel with the prop.

While not particularly badly damaged, the edges are slightly rough to touch and a little sharp in places. Is there a DIY solution to this? Could I wet and dry sand the prop smooth?
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Old 15 August 2007, 11:59   #2
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Give it a go. I've done it. Looks a little shabby but you should be okay. Just take it easy next time you get her in the water just in case the prop is bent. But I'll guess you already know whether its out of balance from your last trip.

Painting it is a non starter unless you get it done professionally. Might be time to keep it as spare.
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Old 15 August 2007, 14:48   #3
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A file is very useful - just don't use a BASTARD!!!
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Old 15 August 2007, 17:20   #4
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If the blades aren't bent, just a bit roughed up, then clean them up with a bit of wire wool, or wet&dry, as you suggested.
You'll notice straight away if any blades are bent - if it's minor, you can normally put them back into shape using a hammer and anvil, or block of wood (with some lead if you have any). If the blades are ragged and the aluminium is physically 'ripped', then they'll need to be welded up and ground back to shape, in which case, you may want to ask Ian Parkes if he can recommend a repairer
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Old 17 August 2007, 11:43   #5
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Cheers guys - 'll give it a go with the wet and dry

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you may want to ask Ian Parkes if he can recommend a repairer
- ah yes, I think I read that post
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