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Old 26 August 2012, 11:19   #1
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Skeg repair on an Alpha leg

Hi im looking at a boat tomorrow and the owner has said the skeg does require repairing.
Does anyone know of anyone who does this?I have added a picture for your comments guys.
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I think the skeg has broken off !

at least thats what it looks like..
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Yes it has broken off but there is some of it left.
Found some type of Skeg repair on ebay just wondered if anyone had repaired anything as bad as this.
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No big deal. Any competent welder can finish cutting it off, then weld on a new piece of aluminum, then finish shaping it. Should take about an hour but less than two hours.
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ive done my own a couple of times, not too difficult a job, id charge around 80quid, though of course i dont know what anyone else would charge.
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Would i just be able to drop the lower leg off and get it welded up or is it a full strip down after its dropped off.
I presume that there are bearings and seals in there or is it a case of weld a bit then let it cool down then weld another bit.
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If your near London look up Steel Developments in Wandsworth they do Skeg repairs excellent and service is also excellent
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Would i just be able to drop the lower leg off and get it welded up or is it a full strip down after its dropped off.
I presume that there are bearings and seals in there or is it a case of weld a bit then let it cool down then weld another bit.
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just remove lower leg, leave the oil in (this acts as an extra heat sink). if possile remove oil vent plug to allow for expansion. i have then after welding replaced the oil with fresh.
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If your near London look up Steel Developments in Wandsworth they do Skeg repairs excellent and service is also excellent
Call Steel Developments and they will tell what they prefer but they did a lower leg for us with everything stil in place get a quote first for your own peace of mind.
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Word of caution: A friend had trashed 2 Suzuki skegs (twins on a Whaler), and had them welded up. Both lower units failed the next time out due to water ingress from failed seals, attributed to damage from welding heat. Suzuki covered replacements (warranty, but only after a protracted fight) as they had recommended the repair and shop.

If you do have it welded up without a strip down, make sure you have it pressure tested afterward.

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