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Old 20 October 2005, 16:51   #1
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Does anybody use these ?

http://www.mailspeedmarine.com/Produ...oductID/104631

Are they legal for towing here in the UK ?
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I was under the impression you had to cover your propellor with an orange cover, (or equivalant,) when towing.. If this is the case, then no-one would be aware of whats actually on the prop..
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Why not? They are fluorescent orange and they look a better deal than those 12 orange bags that go white in sunlight....
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I was under the impression you had to cover your propellor with an orange cover, (or equivalant,) when towing.. If this is the case, then no-one would be aware of whats actually on the prop..
I was refering to these being used instead of a prop bag not under one.

What is the law on this exactly - are these suffiently hilighting the prop to be legal for towing.

There can be no dought they are better at shielding the blade tips from damaging anybody/anything than a standard prop bag.
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Prop Sox? Got a feeling my Granny used to wear 'em.
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Not sure of the exact wording of the law Roy, the only thing I could find is this..

"7. If you are towing a boat with an outboard motor you must use a reinforced plastic bag or bucket or the propeller and outboard legs. Similarly masts there must be no sharp edges which could cause injury."

From here.

I would have thought tho, if anyone was concerned about damage to the prop, removing it when towing would only take a minute or so..
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I would have thought tho, if anyone was concerned about damage to the prop, removing it when towing would only take a minute or so..
Sorry - Im confused...

I obviously have not articulated my self properly.

I am considering buying these for use instead of the crappy orange bags WHILST towing.

I do not want to remove them when towing - i will only put them on when towing.

I was just unsure whether the whole leg needed to be covered (ie by orange bag) to meet the requirements of the law. OR if these were in fact usable instead of an orange bag for towing in the UK.

Thanks for your time replying though - I just obviously did not make my self clear as to what I intended to use them for in the first post.
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I use them all the time, last hell of alot longer than the stupid bags.
Wise to put engine in gear to stop prop from windmilling whilst towing or they may disappear enroute And they are cheaper than the bags
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Provided the overhang of the trailer is less than 2 metres ( hope so )
the marker/marking should be 'clearly visible'. Prop Sox are fine.
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Sorry - Im confused...

I obviously have not articulated my self properly.

I am considering buying these for use instead of the crappy orange bags WHILST towing.

I do not want to remove them when towing - i will only put them on when towing.

I was just unsure whether the whole leg needed to be covered (ie by orange bag) to meet the requirements of the law. OR if these were in fact usable instead of an orange bag for towing in the UK.

Thanks for your time replying though - I just obviously did not make my self clear as to what I intended to use them for in the first post.
I meant remove the prop when towing, and just have the bag covering the leg.. If the prop made contact with the road, or any other surface, I agree the plastic things would offer more protection than a bag, but not much more.. Also, if the prop is raised, (well duh.. ,) when towing, how much of the reflective strip would be visible to the following motorist?
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