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Old 29 October 2003, 04:21   #21
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Thanks for your input, Dirk. You often give useful advice, albeit in your "own style" but you're wide of the mark today.

Steel Developments are useful and helpful, but do a search on them here and it's surprising how many problems people have encountered - eg: vibrating propellor and wrong prop supplied.

I may get some feedback from them as "Mr Charter Co" is intending to read them the riot act. I hardly think they will be saying "Oh yes we cocked up big-time twice in a row aren't we stupid".

Don't know what you mean about cheap prop to use in a "high perf" installation - I was about to buy a new prop identical to the s/h one I bought, and chose it on the basis of recommendation and the claims from Steel Developments that the Solas Titan is a much better unit than the Yamaha prop.

Pilot error? Always possible for any of us, apart from you of course, Dirk. You seem to have pushed a few buttons with my buddies here, but I share your respect of the excellent RYA courses available. And I know that from attending those courses and learning.

Yes, even you are never too old to learn, Dirk, eh?
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Old 29 October 2003, 06:28   #22
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Hi Richard B

Thanks for the photos and write up. Very comprehensive and very interesting.

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So the long and short of it was.......wrong bush, yeah? and to recognise that this is the probable cause, if symptoms similar to yours occur?
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Exactly.

Symptoms being: Loss of drive at anything above moderate throttle opening, achieving about 12kts or roughly 2200rpm, reducing later as the symptoms worsened.
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There's a film in this

Well if anyone dare say the forum is boring, let me direct them to this thread. I've just spent the past 15 minutes reading it from start to finish, I've enjoyed high drama, great pictures, Sherlock Holmes type investigations, decent banter between knowledgeable skippers and above all, a happy ending. Well done to all. The End - cut to titles & setting sunset.
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Sherlock Holmes type investigations...
You should hear our story about how we once tracked down a hit-and-run driver... but that's one for another day (over a glass or two!?!)
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Perhaps we need to hear the other side of the story from them.
That would be interesting! I was going to email them to let them know about this thread, but there's no email address on their web site. If anyone is talking to them in the next few days, please point them in this direction!

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Don't know what you mean about cheap prop to use in a "high perf" installation - I was about to buy a new prop identical to the s/h one I bought, and chose it on the basis of recommendation and the claims from Steel Developments that the Solas Titan is a much better unit than the Yamaha prop.

Pilot error? Always possible for any of us, apart from you of course, Dirk. You seem to have pushed a few buttons with my buddies here, but I share your respect of the excellent RYA courses available. And I know that from attending those courses and learning.

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Sorry to see you had a problem understanding my reference to cheap prop, but what I meant was that if you buy a 200.00 prop
(current retail price of a 3 blade titan) you must expect it to have it's limitations, although as you point out it had been re-bushed incorrectly. I dare say the new one you were going to buy wouldn't have been "identical".

As for me never suffering from pilot error, your wrong there. I've f***ed up loads of times, but I've never mistaken cheap for quality.

And pushing buttons, that's me job on here, although you all make it very easy!

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200.00 (current retail price of a 3 blade titan)
Dirk, be useful and tell us where they are on sale for 200.00 - more like 300 from what I've seen. And this prop was recommended to me by Steel Developments, in full knowledge of my engine spec and RIB type. They had no caveats such as "expect it to have it's limitations" or "only use at under 30kts", "don't take it cross the channel". They assured me that the Solas Titan is a top quality prop, superior to the Yamaha OEM item. You ought to work in a shoe shop as a Saturday job, selling shoes "for indoor use only".

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it had been re-bushed incorrectly...the new one you were going to buy wouldn't have been "identical".
Then tell me why the original, brand new prop suffered the same problem?

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