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Old 04-02-2008, 11:19   #1
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Fouled Prop Vibration

Well I ran my engine for about 2 hours on Saturday when we moved marinas. Anyhow, i had a horrible vibration, which I am sure was from fouling on the prop, i had the prop scraped about 2.5 weeks before we moved it, but the okeechobee is extremely high fouling. I slowed way down, ran the engine at 1100 rpm the whole way.

Anyhow, I am hoping I didn't hose the cutlass bearing, it was about 8 months old so I hope i'm good to go.

Anyone ever had a cutlass bearing replaced underwater? I'm thinking it would be difficult, i'll prolly have to have it pulled and replaced in the sling, but figured it was worth shot to ask.
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It takes a lot to wear the bearing. I would think it is just fine. Certainly don't go the the extent of replacign it underwater. Waaay to hard a job.
Is it a fixed or folding/feathering Prop?? If Fold/Feath it may not be deploying just right. Fixed would take a fair amount of fouling to make what you have described. Not impossible, but only 2.5 weeks seems to short to me.
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It's a fixed prop, but trust me, 2.5 weeks is plenty in that area, it takes about a week to foul the dinghy prop and it's moving on a daily basis. you get a nasty hair that grows on everything in addition to the barnacles.
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