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Zen and the art of sailboat maintenance

Take the best option on sailboat maintenance. Do it yourself, with the help of others.

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Comment by LOLA on June 5, 2009 at 6:11pm
OK I have posted my new prop on my page
Campbell Sailor Propeller 14 x 8 x 1
Comment by LOLA on June 4, 2009 at 6:20am
Yes, I will keep my old 3 blade, and the orig 2 blade. Both very deteriorated. The 2 blade actually has a nice aqua antique finish...a great coffee table work of art...until I go on long trip, then both spares will go in boat..

I just want all this to STOP ...this has just been too much at once for a retired teacher...retirement pay. I am grateful for Visa for the 1.99% for a ...year...hope I get it paid off by then I had $6000 on house roof, car repairs $700, prop $600, Engine $5000...this was all in 3 months....ouch....Plus I have a sick loving pet cat that I may have to out down, due to I may have poisoned her...so I need calm, and rest from all of this.

Pardon for my venting...but those of you who have advised, it is what helped me get through. Thank you.
Comment by h on June 4, 2009 at 1:17am
Lola,

Have you kept the old prop for spare. If you are thinking about going far away with your boat, it would be good to have a spare prop.

1/4" long hairline crack may be fixable, but would certainly be better than having no prop.
Comment by LOLA on June 1, 2009 at 8:08pm
Heidi,
What ever you do have 2 surveys..one on boat and one on engine expert surveyor on the ENGINE
Comment by Heidi on June 1, 2009 at 6:02pm
Nice to see there's a place to learn about real world boat maintenance. So I'm just a beginner and checking out boats for first time buy. Any suggestions on what is best type for bluewater cruising?
Comment by LOLA on June 1, 2009 at 5:04pm
Company and kind I got FIXED CAMPBELL
Welcome to West by North Enterprises

We specialize in sales of low-drag fixed and feathering blade propellers for sailing craft of all sizes.

Campbell Sailer The Campbell Sailer propeller is designed and manufactured to be one of the most efficient fixed blade sailboat propellers on the market today. Unique and innovative, it has been granted a Canadian patent.

After nearly thirty years of production and refinement, the Campbell Sailer has proven, against other leading fixed blade designs, to be a superior choice for sailboat owners.
Comment by Suky Cannon on May 31, 2009 at 1:31pm
Call these highly rated prop and zinc guys ~ Bossler & Sweezey. (I have no vested interest but they were one of my contractors when I worked at marina). You can trust them and they know their stuff.
http://www.bosslerandsweezey.com/
At the least, they are happy to speak to you on the phone for advice.
Comment by LOLA on May 31, 2009 at 9:09am
UPDATE
Ok Hi all, I went to look at my 3 blade, and he showed me where there were cracks, near the base, indicating sooner or later that could cause a blade to break off.I have pictures of it..but I can't figure out how to load pictures on either site...I can email them to anyone who wants a look let me know..it had been cleaned w the prop guys marks on it.

Boartyard had quoted me $200 as he knows I'm at my end wits here...that would be to repitch/cut whatever and put back on boat...that was the direction we were going.

Sailor friend I was with ,thinks I should replace it w a 3 blade used or new.

boatyard said they can get a used out of Fla..(I believe a Larry) a 12.5 x 12..1.5 too big.for $325 a Dino Jet,---he feels we need a 13 x 9 1 in bore R hand 3 blade sailor.

From Mich we can get a 3 MP Machine Pitch.

If I don't just have them put the old one on, I'm looking at $600.00

RPM's when tested on dock and out in ICW with what I have is 3113 and 3160 at load

Ok therein is my update...need advice. He is willing on me finding a prop and having it sent to him...if you can guide me there/ Or should I just have him put he old one on.? The crack I saw was a hairline about 1/4 inch..
Comment by LOLA on May 29, 2009 at 8:16pm
update....the plot thickens:

Lola,
The prop has deteriorated so that the blades will break off if we try to bend them to reduce pitch. We are going to cut the down.
This will allow the engine to reach the desired RPM. We will try to be ready for a final test on Monday.
Thanks,
George
Comment by LOLA on May 29, 2009 at 12:11pm
I am at the end of my wits...had the whole upper part of engine rebuilt.

Rpms still not up.

So they were to alter my 3 blade prop...now this.

They have had my boat for going on 4 months.

latest report now::
Lola, The blades are not going to bend to allow for the pitch change. We can cut down the diameter instead, but that will decrease power, not really what we want. We need to find a prop sized 13 x 9 x 1 right hand, 3 blade in a sailboat configuration. I'll have a quote on new while I look for a used one. Thanks, George

Need advice Please.

Anyone have the one I need?

Thank you

Lola SV SUVAROV Freedom 30
 

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