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Old 07 July 2008, 06:22   #11
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this may sound silly but, how do you take the prop off? and while there is some discussion on props, if there are a couple of chips out of a prop does that inhibit the performance of the outboard in any noticeable way?
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hi, only 3 days to go until i become a fully fledged sibber, taking my new boat on its maiden voyage. i have a q/s 3.10 and 9.9 outboard and is there any way of securing it against thieves if i left it for half a hour or so tethered up in a harbour. i have bought a lock for the engine bracket but what stops them just pulling the cord and off they go..... any feed back would be very welcome, thanks
I use two 1m lengths of steel cable with an eye at each end, one loops around the engine & fuel tank and the other goes into the engine padlock and off to the pontoon, having a pair of matched padlocks makes it simple to do and undo.

For storage both lengths sit around the engine neatly.

If I am carrying an anchor and think extra security is needed then I pop that over the back and connect it to a D ring on the transom just above the water-line.
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Old 07 July 2008, 09:21   #13
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in reply to clipper , broadley speaking first make sure the engine wont start ie remove kill cord or plug leads off , most have a split pin through a castled lock nut or a cone , take out split pin , best with long nose pliers ,unscrew and take off the castled nut or cone then pull off the prop . some prop shafts are splined whilst older models have a shear pin which breaks to stop damage to the prop or gears if it strikes something, putting back on is the reverse procedure but best putting in gear as when you put the prop on the shaft you can feel it locate the splines or shear pin , before fitting the prop ,smear some waterproof gease on the shaft ,but NOT copperslip as this can cause corroding of the prop and shaft by electrolisis in sea water , make double sure that the split pin goes through the lock nut and hole in the shaft and the prop is not loose . regards chips and dents in props any will effect performance to some degree but i think most outboards have a few on them , i carry a spare prop just incase i clobber some thing underwater . a few boats from our club have run into all types of things floating just under the surface from old gas cylinders to fridges to fish boxes. mart.
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if you dont have any cable to hand why not use the anchor chain if its long enough with a couple of padlocks on or even fastned with a couple of nuts and a bolts at each end done up tight ,stops the casual thief or drunken yobs, no matter how good your locks are if they want it they will have it we had a brand new outboard stolen from our club once top of the range outboard locks ect .all the thieves did was chainsaw the transom off the boat compleat with engine .
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hi, only 3 days to go until i become a fully fledged sibber, taking my new boat on its maiden voyage. i have a q/s 3.10 and 9.9 outboard and is there any way of securing it against thieves if i left it for half a hour or so tethered up in a harbour. i have bought a lock for the engine bracket but what stops them just pulling the cord and off they go..... any feed back would be very welcome, thanks
thanks for your advice guys, lets hope i still have my boat on my return!! thanks again steve
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Just remember though .. if your prop has any dings in it... and it scuffs the wifes leather hand bag .. you'll be for it any way .. even if the outboard does get stolen
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cheers m chappelow,

just one question though, will the split pin need to be replaced after removal of the prop? or generally speaking it wouldnt be damaged enough to be concerned.

if the pin does need to be replaced, does it need to be a specific marine pin or just one from the local hardware store?

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a) Turning off the fuel tap and taking the kill cord with you
b) A decent bow line tied on well and a second stern line
c) External fuel tank padlocked to the transom

Even with the above combination I have had the small 3m SIB taken overnight when people needed to get across the river from the pub and we were rafted up with about 8 other SIBs - they just untied one which had the kill cord left in and took the lot !

The subsequent security cable padlocked to the chain on the pontoon seemed to solve that problem however - but I guess only because it was easier to take someone else's boat.
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Just remember though .. if your prop has any dings in it... and it scuffs the wifes leather hand bag .. you'll be for it any way .. even if the outboard does get stolen
i dont mind spending money buying a new prop, but shes not having another bag , last one she bought you could have got the fuel tank in and the anchor .
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cheers m chappelow,

just one question though, will the split pin need to be replaced after removal of the prop? or generally speaking it wouldnt be damaged enough to be concerned.

if the pin does need to be replaced, does it need to be a specific marine pin or just one from the local hardware store?

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you can sometimes straighten them out if stuck or use one from local hardware store but it will rust , best use s/steel one from marine store, mart .
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