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Old 20 July 2009, 18:35   #1
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Replacement Skeg

Having smashed a piece of my skeg off at the weekend what is the best / cheapest option for repair?

1. Get a specialist welder to repair.

2. Fabricate something to fit on the existing skeg.

3. Buy a specific skeg protector such as

http://www.blackfinskeg.com/home/

4. Buy second hand lower leg unit.

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Old 20 July 2009, 18:39   #2
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How big is the chunk that's missing?
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Old 20 July 2009, 18:45   #3
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How big is the chunk that's missing?
Without being specific i would say there is just enough remaining to just protect the prop.

Will measure tomorrow if it helps?

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You should be able to get that welded-just make sure you go somewhere that understands about not overheating the oil seals etc-and drain the oil 1st.
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You should be able to get that welded-just make sure you go somewhere that understands about not overheating the oil seals etc-and drain the oil 1st.
So i don't have to have the gearbox internals removed?

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What about using Chemical Metal???

Those BlackFin guys - I contacted them last year about buying a fin, they wanted some astronomical figure for postage
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So i don't have to have the gearbox internals removed?

Nah .. its the main shaft seals you need to worry about, but it would need to get pretty hot before that would be affected, which depends on how good your welders are, and how much of it is missing which is why a pic would be good I've done some of mine a few times, and with excellent results from being welded
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Thanks for replies.

Will post a picture.

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Saw an interesting bolt-on skeg guard/repair thing over the weekend: It was a standard bolt-on protector, but had a sort of a heavy wire grid (though I think "rod" would be more accurate) at the bottom tip that formed a sort of propeller guard. It was probably 6 or 8 inches wide at the bottom, and maybe a bit longer front to back, arranged in a slight V shape.

I assume it would increase drag a bit, but if you operate in shallow water or around areas where people may be, I suppose it might be worthwhile. Dunno.

Haven't been able to locate a source yet (but I also don't think it was custom-built.)

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Not robust enough for a proper repair. Might be okay to 'fill in a gouge or scrape' but not for a sheared skeg.
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