In our transit of the Panama canal
, one of the PCA employees tossed a big wad of monkey fist line behind our boat and the line got wrapped around our propeller
. It gauged out about one and a half inches of rubber from our 6 inch long cutlass, as our shaft only sticks out a few inches from our full keel
. It was a brand new cutlass, just a year ago and was in great shape. The shaft does not appear to have any wobble after this incident. Does the cutlass need to be replaced? What are the chances that there are rope
fibers inside that will cause further damage? As far as we can tell, all the rope
is gone. Are there any other potential concerns with leaving the cutlass as is?