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Old 20 November 2003, 17:11   #11
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Julie - I think it's fantastic that you make the time and put the effort in to essentially give us free advice - thanks very much.

As far as Ribex goes next year - will you have the facilities to effect minor prop repairs in Cowes?
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Old 20 November 2003, 17:50   #12
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As you have probably gathered I love boating so its no problem to pipe up and say something about props.

If the props in a "less than perfect condition" it depends how bad it is as to the advise. The whole prop and edge should be a near the original as possible. If the prop has sustained damage to the edge it could be out of balance as well. For pits and abrasions don't be tempted to file or sand these as you will end up thinning the blade section and this will affect the strength of the blade and its performance, you would be better off filling it, so its a bit of a judgement call.

At RibEx next year, we can certainly give your prop a visual check for damage. As to making repairs on the stand, sorry this is not feasible as we won't have the specialist machinery there and would have no way of balancing the prop. If have any damaged props you can bring them with you, standard repair time is only 2-3 days so you can have it back in time for the next weekend.....
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Julie - I think it's fantastic that you make the time and put the effort in to essentially give us free advice - thanks very much.
In view of all her help I think that Julie should be made an "Honorary Ribster" (even though she has a plastic boat )
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Thanks Julie,


Havenít got the RIB yet, but although the prop looked in reasonable condition, the previous owner had painted it!!! He was said to have painted it to make it look like a conventional prop for security reasons.
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Charles and Julie-thank you both.

I intend, therefore to do the following:
1. Use a solution of the concrete cleaner to bathe the prop. blades, using a small sponge. Carefully avoiding rubber bits and greasy splines.
2. Wash hands!!
3. Spray WD40 all over.
4. Restow gleaming prop.

And there was me thinking I would have to do unspeakable things, for hours on end, with a wet-n-dry lamb's bonnet or something and an electric drill!
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Charles and Julie-thank you both.

I intend, therefore to do the following:
1. Use a solution of the concrete cleaner to bathe the prop. blades, using a small sponge. Carefully avoiding rubber bits and greasy splines.
Brian - I can assure you this mixture does no damage to the bush - you really have to drop the prop in the solution for a while to let it do its magic. My lovely Solas props (supplied by Julie) had this treatment regularly and came up like new. I still use this method on my Quicksilver props I now have
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