July 14th, 2007, 11:45 PM
I got into some shallow water today and got into the mud. My prop got chewed up a little and I was wondering what, if any, problems I might have with a prop thats not perfect now? It's not bent, just a couple of small dings.:rolleyes:
July 15th, 2007, 01:19 AM
even if you can't see any visual bends in your prop it's a good idea to have a prop shop check it out. The smallest bend will affect top end performance and you run a high risk of damaging the bearings and shaft in your lower unit. Taking it for a check up won't cost near as much as a lower unit.
July 15th, 2007, 12:45 PM
+1 to what marks said. If its bad enough you may feel vibration. Or it can actually cause an air pocket to form (cavitation I think?) which will result in a loss of performance.
I had a 17' I/O ski boat that had a pretty beat up prop on it with a little filing and bending it served its purpose although it probably wasn't as efficient as a new one.