Prop Inspection Is A Must To Include As Part Of Annual Boat Motor Servicing

 


I always pass on items as I learn and this one is a very important one that I did not think of until my boat went into the shop for Spring Get Ready.

Was talking to the tech, and was explaining that last time on the water I was turning 6,300 RPM and my 115 Johnson is equipped with a 19 pitch prop. It should only be turning 5500 at top speed and not to be left at that high RPM for very long.
 

Without the Prop - You Are Dead In The Water

Prop Inspection Should Be Part of Annual Boat Motor Inspection

Each year that you have your lower unit oil changed out you need to take the propeller off and take it to a Prop Repair Shop and have them check out the Hub.

The hub is a black rubber ring that goes around the teeth in the prop and a close inspection showed that the rubber ring was pushing out. I guess a better way to explain would be like your truck transmission starting to slip. The same applies to you boat prop.


Ed's Prop Shop in Memphis Tennessee tested the prop and informed me that it was slipping.

I asked if I need to buy a new prop or could this one be fixed, the tech informed me that it could be fixed at a small fraction of what a new Prop would cost me.
 
 

I had my prop repaired and while all this is happening, I had the tech inspect and repair any dings found on each blade.

Dings will effect motor performance.

 

I have attached a picture of what my prop looks like now and as you can see it is just like a brand new one out of the box.

Prop Refurbished To Save Money

I only wished that I had taken some pictures before so I could show what the prop looked like before repair, and believe me I had some dings on my blades.
 
This is another item that could ruin your first trip out or later on in the fishing season cause you to be off the water just because you did not take the time to check your PROP out.
 
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Steve McGoldrick 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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