From sapping your fuel tank to leaving you stranded, damage to your boat’s propeller can cause all sorts of headaches!
Propeller problems are often easily avoidable – so long as you are properly prepared and keep up with routine maintenance. Here are some tips on caring for your boat’s propeller:
- Inspect your propeller before every outing. Using a damaged prop can cause problems for your engine, propeller and stern gear. Get any nicks and dents fixed right away.
- Be aware of your boat’s performance. A drop in speed or fuel efficiency, or any vibration could be a sign of a propeller problem.
- Regularly take off your prop so you can remove anything that may have gotten tangled around it, like fishing line.
- Clean your prop on a regular basis and put waterproof grease on the prop shaft to keep it from getting corroded.
- Regularly inspect the prop nut to make sure it doesn’t loosen and fall off.
- Always carry a spare prop onboard. It will help you get home if you have trouble on the water and will also allow you to keep boating when the original propeller is at the shop being repaired.