Whether you're getting ready for your next voyage or you're packing up your boat for the winter, it's a good idea to make sure your propeller is in good condition. Throughout a trip, the propeller can take a beating, and even the slightest bump against a rock or some debris can cause significant damage. If you neglect to inspect it routinely as you would any other marine instrument, you run the risk of throwing it, or losing the prop, in the middle of a trip, which could leave you stranded.
Luckily, inspecting your propeller isn't very complicated. Boating Magazine provides an in-depth rundown of the process. Here are some of the most important things to check out:
- Blades: In addition to looking for any nicks or cracks in the blades, you should also check to make sure they're not bent. Bent propeller blades typically cause the boat to vibrate when under engine power, but you can also use a straight edge to measure the distance between the blade and a fixed point to detect smaller bends.
- Hub: These tend to wear out over time, particularly if they're made of rubber, so if you find that your prop hub is deteriorating, it may be time to replace it.
- Shaft: If the shaft is bent, it can also cause undesirable vibrations. Again, check distances between the blades and a fixed point to see if the shaft is straight.
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