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Old 06 January 2013, 09:04   #11
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They are crap - encourage complacency and I'd say make boat more dangerous. If an arm gets trapped in a prop guard you have a major problem.

The safest boats will be well maintained and the skipper and crew well trained - no need for a prop guard!
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Old 06 January 2013, 11:06   #12
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Prop guards made a noticeable difference to performance of our three safety boats, and not for the better.

A light, shallow-v Arimar with a 40hp two-stroke took more effort to get on the plane. A 4.8 Ribcraft with the same engine would get there eventually. An Avon SR4 with a Mercury Bigfoot 25hp four-stroke wouldn't at all, unless you were very patient and had a decent run down the waves.

A couple of years of whacking them against pebbles during landing destroyed all three. I don't recall anyone mourning their departure, oddly enough. Even the SR4/Bigfoot combination was just about OK without the guard.
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I've just pulled a boat back with one fitted. I'm not a big fan (as above) but obviously they have their benefits.

May be inclined to remove it for the right price ? Google "Rudder Safe" for more details then PM if interested

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I've just pulled a boat back with one fitted. I'm not a big fan (as above) but obviously they have their benefits.
Surely that's a steering "enhancer", not a prop guard?

"RudderSafe at a glance

RudderSafe is an innovative twin rudder assembly that bolts easily onto the cavitation plate of your outboard or stern drive. The increased rudder area dramatically improves low speed tracking and directional stability. It also provides additional prop protection."
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Surely that's a steering "enhancer", not a prop guard?

"RudderSafe at a glance

RudderSafe is an innovative twin rudder assembly that bolts easily onto the cavitation plate of your outboard or stern drive. The increased rudder area dramatically improves low speed tracking and directional stability. It also provides additional prop protection."
Well bit of both really, I'd still remove it though as I would imagine it would have the reverse affect on high speed handling ?
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Well bit of both really, I'd still remove it though as I would imagine it would have the reverse affect on high speed handling ?
I think that they mean it protects the prop, not bathers

The blurb says that it pivots up and back when on the plane, leaving the prop clear and the "rudders" out of the water.
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It does pivot up, as I said yet to have it on the water to see what it does or doesn't do. Will post back results when we have them

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