So, on Saturday, Princess Lisa & I took a drive out to the boonies to attend an auction
which included a significant number of boat parts
... a lot of the stuff wasn't of any interest to us (although there were some great bargains, for example if you wanted new or near new Lewmar
winches). Having looked carefully through all the boat gear
, we selected a small number of lots that we though we would bid on. Well, as it turned out, although lots of the items went for absolute peanuts (#1, #3 & main for a 34' boat = $100, for example, mainsail
of a 65', in good condition, $120, etc). The items that we were going to bid on went for way way more tan we wee prepared to pay. So, with our tails between our legs, we headed homewards.
On the way home, we stopped at a the local tip (municipal dump), and had a wander through the tip-shop (i.e a little shop where they sell stuff salvaged from the tip-face and stuff handed in). We walked out with an almost new (possibly brand new, certainly very nearly new) prop! The prop is identical to the one on our boat; a Barret Autostream, 2 bladed feathering model. They don't make them any more, but even the shaft taper and keyway look the same (I'll have to have the boat out of the water
out of the water
to verify). And the cost: $AUD15 ($US12).
See; what you lose on the swings, you gain on the roundabouts!