OK, I hauled our Cal
3-46 today, we made a bit of a trip south... about 30 miles and hauled her. On the way down I had a nasty vibration at all RPM's, I throttled down and ran about 1500 rpm's (wind wasn't present). Today when we hauled the boat I noticed the cutlass bearing was toast, no suprise there, however upon inspection
of the prop I noticed some rediculous slack in the hub.
Not being real well informed on the feathering props i've got to assume there is something in that hub, gears, bearings, etc....
This prop is about 5 years old which has me raising the question; Do the benefits outweigh the costs? Is this a normal wear and tear item? Should I expect to rebuild/replace a feathering prop every 5 years? That said are they usually rebuildable?