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  • nwboater62
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    I carry spares on vacation trips. Spun a hub once on day 1 of a ten day trip. was glad I had them. chasing parts would put a severe hole in the trip time/budget. plus I'm usually out of country and significant distance from home.

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  • Chief_Alen
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    Also keep a spare thrust washer and nut or whatever else you need to change out the prop.

    Many nuts etc. are on the bottom of the ocean being dropped when changing out props.

    One more little tidbit, at least twice the spare prop has saved my fishing day, and is still discussed around the family gatherings.

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  • RGrew176
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    On my last boat my 99 3055 I carried spares. I switched over to stainless steel props and I kept the aluminum props as my spares. Fortunately I never needed them. With my current Carver and it being inboards, no I don't carry spares.

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  • Norton_Rider
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    Originally posted by dmcb View Post
    Always have a spare. In over 60 years of boating I damaged a prop on my first inboard. No spare. Since then I always have spare props and have never needed it. As soon as I don't have one I likely would.
    +1

    Two years ago my buddy and his wife spent a week on their boat on the the hard 150 miles from home because they had a prop strike and could not get a replacement locally.

    Incidentally, the same rules applies to carrying tools and spares on a motorcycle. If you carry them you won't need them for you bike. Unfortunately you end up fixing the bikes of other riders that don't carry tools or spares.

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  • dmcb
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    Always have a spare. In over 60 years of boating I damaged a prop on my first inboard. No spare. Since then I always have spare props and have never needed it. As soon as I don't have one I likely would.

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  • 88fourwinns
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    Do you have a spare tire in your vehicle, or on your trailer? Of course. We have 2 spare props actually with the prop wrench to change it and the right size cotter pin.

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  • MidnightSun
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    When I had stern drives yes a spare prop was always handy. Now with shafts it is not just unbend a couple of tabs, remove the nut and pull the prop. Even on land with proper tools it is a task so forget about under water unless you have dive gear and the equipment to remove the prop. Even then shaft should be lapped and fit so on land it is. You can always limp back on one engine in the worst case.

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  • cb450sc
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    Yes I have always kept an extra on board. I had to use it only once when I was leaving our channel with some guests. Ten minutes and we were back on our way. Glad I had it instead of ruining the day and having to get towed in.

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  • RobMick
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    Just as an FYI....I just received an email stating that Overton’s is having a 25% off sale on everything....good time to get that spare or next prop as a nice price...I might just grab another Solas..

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  • ride_there
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    We keep a spare set of props on board our 3555. They don't do much good at home in the garage.

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  • Norton_Rider
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    My 89, 2859 used to spin prop hubs quite regularly (OMC Cobra/Ford 460). I carried a spare prop, prop nut, thrust washer, etc, and got good at changing props in the water with the sterndrive up.

    I fabricated a spare prop holder bracket that I attached to the transom in the engine compartment. It consisted of a couple of scrap pieces starboard screwed together, with a large stainless bolt installed from behind. The rear board had a countersink that was slightly smaller in diameter than the bolt head. The bolt head was pressed into the countersink and that kept it from turning. The bolt had a length of rubber hose over it to protect the prop splines. I used a hole saw to bore a hole on the outer board slightly larger than the diameter of the prop hub. This allowed most of the weight of the prop to be carried by the starboard and not the bolt. A large washer and nut on the bolt secured the prop in place.

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  • Waterdowg
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    If you are happy with the preformance of the prop you have get the same size. The prop information should be stamped on your current prop.

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  • 2850Bounty
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    Keeping a "like" spare propeller on board is like have a correct size spare wheel/tire in your car/truck.
    If you do not have one..... Ole Murphy says that you'll need it.
    If you do have one....... you won't need it!

    Make sure that the current propeller offers the correct WOT RPM for how you load and use the boat.
    Make sure that the spare prop is identical.


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  • Centerline2
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    on all my outboard or outdrive powered boats, a spare prop is as important all the other safety gear..... and most all the well seasoned boaters in this area feel the same way...

    on all the inboard powered boats I have owned, NO.. some people do, but due to the trouble of changing a prop under the water, the boat would likely be towed in anyway if it couldnt limp-in on the damaged prop.....

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  • hookemdano
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    you betcha we carry spares props

    those damn mola molas are prop busters...and when 60NM offshore...it beats waiting for a tow boat to show up...and then the sloooooooooooooow tow in

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