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Old 11-03-2013, 18:13   #1
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Bring Spare Propeller Cruising?

I'm planning on cruising down to Mexico from the PNW. I'm wondering if folks bring a spare propeller when they cruise for a couple of years out of the US. I'm thinking it might be useful if we damage our current prop, but our boat has a long fin keel and a skeg to protect both the front and the back of the prop and shaft. Our current prop is not easily found used. Opinions?
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Old 11-03-2013, 18:26   #2
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Re: Bring Spare Propeller Cruising?

Nah. You cant take everything.
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Old 11-03-2013, 18:28   #3
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Re: Bring Spare Propeller Cruising?

I picked up a spare two-blade for $1 at the nautical flea market. It had a ding, but who cares for a spare? Might check the flea market or ebay for a well used one for a spare.
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Re: Bring Spare Propeller Cruising?

We carried one for 20 yrs, and then sold it to a cruiser who just had to have a spare !! just our 2 cents
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Old 11-03-2013, 18:40   #5
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Re: Bring Spare Propeller Cruising?

Good idea if you have a folding or feathering prop, but on a cruising sailboat I think it unlikely to damage a fixed prop.
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Old 11-03-2013, 19:58   #6
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Re: Bring Spare Propeller Cruising?

As long as you have it you want need it Ha Ha!
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Old 11-03-2013, 20:00   #7
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That's true. The whole point of bringing spare parts is so that you only have to fix the things you don't have the parts for.
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That's true. The whole point of bringing spare parts is so that you only have to fix the things you don't have the parts for.
Oh so true. The corollary is that any spare part you get rid of will be the one you need next.
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Re: Bring Spare Propeller Cruising?

From PNW to Mexico you are not going far from quick access to part, we lost one of ours (variprop) was not a big deal to replace on the outise of the Baja
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Old 11-03-2013, 21:44   #10
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Re: Bring Spare Propeller Cruising?

How many of you that have a spare prop also carry a spare nut??
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Old 11-03-2013, 21:53   #11
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How many of you that have a spare prop also carry a spare nut??
I do. It's the first thing I do when I buy a new boat: swap the fixed prop for a folding prop, and stow the fixed prop in the bilge as a spare, with its nut wired in place.

I thought everyone did that.
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Re: Bring Spare Propeller Cruising?

I've run into lots of cruisers with spare props and no spare nut, fortunately its very rare to lose a prop.
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How many of you that have a spare prop also carry a spare nut??
Spare nut?
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Re: Bring Spare Propeller Cruising?

Not necessary at all unless it makes you feel a LOT better and you have the room and then it would be totally worth it.
I know a couple who have a spare liferaft, a spare epirb and 3 watermakers. That's what it took for her to be comfortable.
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Old 11-03-2013, 22:22   #15
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Pretty normal for cruisers to budget safety items equal to their fears. Some like the Pardy's operate on a minimal safety budget and others like your friend can't spend enough. Companies do very well constantly selling to your fears because it works very well.
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