Ever had your prop blown?

trophywa

Captain Stubing
Aug 10, 2009
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Tom Sharp
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nikki's nemesis
Made macs at EB. Leave for the 302. Doing 20 knots, reach the mark. See puddling tuna, shut down to get organized. Say let’s fly the kite! Start the boat, throw the kite up and get about 2800 rpm, motor revs to connecting rod failure(almost). Put it in neutral, reel the kite in. Collect our thoughts and think prop hub is spun, try a couple hard take offs and rpms to the moon. Troll from 302 to PT.Loma at 2300 rpm or about 5.7 mph for the next 5 hours. All the kelps were dry, one whale, one turtle. Put the spare prop on at the marina and will hit it hard tomorrow, just not sure if we’re going south or north.
 

ShadBurke

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Oct 28, 2005
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Carlsbad
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Shad Burke
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22' Boston Whaler Guardians
Powertech?

Around 600-1,000 hrs?
 

Tunahead

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Aug 11, 2006
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Ron
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several
MAJOR= "Ever blow your prop Gunny"

GUNNY HIGHWAY="Hell ya, after the 3rd bitch stole my pickup in the Oceans11
Parking in lot in O'side, I blew my prop clean thru the back wall of Motel6" LOL LOL

(glad you made it back to port)

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stonefly

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Apr 21, 2007
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sacramento, ca.
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randy welsh
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16' mirrocraft
On the first day of a mother ship trip on the Celia Angelina we came in on the pangas to find the prop laying on the deck.
Bobby just had it replaced and whoever installed it neglected to weld in the keepers.
First time they put it in reverse it spun off.
We got towed around by the Eric for the week and then back to port.

So yeah, i saw the mother of blown props.
 
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Olddog8

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May 13, 2012
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Rick
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Sold long ago
Made macs at EB. Leave for the 302. Doing 20 knots, reach the mark. See puddling tuna, shut down to get organized. Say let’s fly the kite! Start the boat, throw the kite up and get about 2800 rpm, motor revs to connecting rod failure(almost). Put it in neutral, reel the kite in. Collect our thoughts and think prop hub is spun, try a couple hard take offs and rpms to the moon. Troll from 302 to PT.Loma at 2300 rpm or about 5.7 mph for the next 5 hours. All the kelps were dry, one whale, one turtle. Put the spare prop on at the marina and will hit it hard tomorrow, just not sure if we’re going south or north.
Yes, lobster trap in the dark... it sucked
 
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mattador

seahab patient
Jan 7, 2007
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matt
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25 whaler
Been there done that . Sounds definitely like a hub on the good news not too expensive to fix. Bad news slows down the day drastically.
 

sandy sandman

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Nov 25, 2011
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sandy sanford
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reel good time
Don't feel bad I spun a prop out of sd bay couldn't go more than 3 miles an hour trolled for 2 hours for 3 Bonita 6 hours to to get back to Shelter Island launch ramp the second time went to La Jolla kelp somebody stole part of my my prop cap put it in reverse and I lost the whole prop had to get towed in
 

Reel hip

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Feb 19, 2008
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Doug
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25ft Skipjack fly
MAJOR= "Ever blow your prop Gunny"

GUNNY HIGHWAY="Hell ya, after the 3rd bitch stole my pickup in the Oceans11
Parking in lot in O'side, I blew my prop clean thru the back wall of Motel6" LOL LOL

(glad you made it back to port)

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Ron. All the bionics your packing is making gunny a little wild! Lol
 
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Reel hip

Meet my "Well known Member"
Feb 19, 2008
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Name
Doug
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25ft Skipjack fly
MAJOR= "Ever blow your prop Gunny"

GUNNY HIGHWAY="Hell ya, after the 3rd bitch stole my pickup in the Oceans11
Parking in lot in O'side, I blew my prop clean thru the back wall of Motel6" LOL LOL

(glad you made it back to port)

View attachment 952802
Ron. All the bionics your packing is making gunny a little wild! Lol
 
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rhamilton210

Adventurous sort
Mar 20, 2006
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Ron
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Whoa. Scary to see how often spinning a prop happens. Definitely will carry a spare from now on. Now, DONT drop the castellated nut overboard at the 371. Plunk!
 

Derby

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Sep 9, 2010
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The Kid
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Aquasport 222 FFV
Albacore 70 miles out of Morro Bay. Hit a mola mola 35 miles on way in with building seas.

Swapped on the water hanging of the back of the boat. Didn't realize thrust washer stuck to spun prop. Made it back. At wash down saw that prop machine away bearing carrier to a millimeter of the seals.

Got to learn how to rebuild a lower unit, got home safe and learned a lesson.
 
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boxofrain

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Jul 6, 2007
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san Juan Capistrano
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Ed Schmitt
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Robalo 25 foot "Fishfinder"
Made macs at EB. Leave for the 302. Doing 20 knots, reach the mark. See puddling tuna, shut down to get organized. Say let’s fly the kite! Start the boat, throw the kite up and get about 2800 rpm, motor revs to connecting rod failure(almost). Put it in neutral, reel the kite in. Collect our thoughts and think prop hub is spun, try a couple hard take offs and rpms to the moon. Troll from 302 to PT.Loma at 2300 rpm or about 5.7 mph for the next 5 hours.
I have had chronic hub issues with both props and multiple hub failures leading to long rides at low speed. Just posted about the latest on yesterday
 

C.Bergs

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Sep 21, 2015
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Cory
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Skipjack 24 Open - Pau Hana
I was flying the kite the backside of Clemente for 7 hours on Friday the 10th for nada. Brought in the kite at 5pm, stowed everything for the trip back to Avalon where we were going to spend the weekend fishing for yellows, put the skippy in forward to head around backside of west end of Clemente, and as soon as it was under any load, heard a loud grinding sound for a second and then the RPM's spiked. Took it out of gear, screamed "FUCK!" real loud a bunch of times, put it back in gear to get RPMs, but no movement in either forward or reverse. Got in the water (75 degrees, blue, refreshing haha) thinking we lost the prop - we always have a spare. Took everything apart and put it back together twice. Hub wasn't spun. Seems to be gear failure (I just had the VP 280 rebuilt 4 months ago). Called Vessel Assist at 5:45, finally picked us up at 10:30pm, and towed all night to Marina del Rey until 6:30am. Luckily, there was no swell, no wind, no current, and we were 600 yards off the beach. All things considered, it was the best worst case scenario! The dudes from Vessel Assist were super nice about it, even though we knew it was a nightmare for them too.

To make things more interesting, there was a 60' sportfisher doing 10 knots about an hour into the tow between SCI and Catalina and it was heading straight for our boats. Vessel Assist hailed the boat on 16, even calling the boat out by name because they had AIS. We banked left to try and dodge it and so did the sportfisher. We banked right and so did the sportfisher. Tow boat ended up making a hard 90 degree turn and went wayyy outside the sportfisher. We think he was asleep, which is terrifying to think about.

Anyway, my buddy and I drank a bottle of tequila and ate all the food on board. Took the cushions from the cuddy cabin and slept on the deck all night under the stars.

Paying all the dues