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Old 08 June 2016, 03:55   #1
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Spare prop

Hi, I'm after a spare prop to carry about, it's for my tohatsu 9.8 2 stroke

A genuine one seems to be around£120, non genuine £60. Probably not worth the money if it's just for a spare?

Also would anyone recommend fitting a prop guard and not bothering with a spare prop?

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A prop guard (unless you need it for a safety reason like operating near swimmers etc) will really take the edge off performance.

I always carry a spare prop (plus a spare nut/washer/split pin/spanner/lock block) because if you damage one badly on a rock etc then that could mean losing use of the SIB for the rest of a day/weekend/holiday.

I've had experience of non-genuine ones suffering odd performance issues but as a spare for a smaller outboard I'd go for the £60 one.
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Probably not worth the money if it's just for a spare?
If that's the answer what is the question?

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Also would anyone recommend fitting a prop guard and not bothering with a spare prop?
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Ah didn't know about performance issues with the guard . And I'll just go with the cheap prop then. Thanks Fenlander, very helpful.
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I should say the last time I damaged a prop was in 1963 (really) in a smallcraft belonging to others. I broke a whole blade off and the vibration returning to the main craft was ghastly.

So it's unlikely you will need it... but for me a reasonable insurance.
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