[QUOTE=markpj23;327788]Greg - thanks for the info.
After looking through some old photos, the strips I have are NOT ss and if you think about it that would be a bad thing as ss and constant salt water
exposure equals failure. Guess I had a senior moment....
What I actually have is cut from fiberglass
about 1/8 inch thick. The photo
shows one with the fairing rubber removed (left) and the other with the old rubber still in place. These are screwed into the hull with lots of 4200 sealant
to help hold things up.
You can see through the hull opening here that I did not have much growth after about 5 years, most of that time the boat was in Key West
. For me it would not be worth the effort / mess to go the foam - filled route
. Certainly not using great stuff which - as you mentioned - sticks to everything...
Mark, Thanks for the pictures. I like the idea of using fiberglass for holding up the rubber fairing better than metal. It looks like something I could make out of cloth and epoxy
. Glass would also flex better to take the curve of the hull. It's amazing how little growth you've had inside. I'm going to need a jack hammer to get all the barnacles
out when I haul.
I'm not positive, but I think the sailddrive holes in Cat Tales are much larger than yours. It seems like my rubber fairings only overlapped the hole opening by about 3/4 of an inch while yours look like it overlapped about 1.5 to 2 inches. Having the foam inside would give the rubber fairing some support from inside on mine. I also like the idea of having something else besides the rubber boot to keep the ocean out if the boot fails. I doubt I could make the foam water
tight, but I think it might slow down a leak to a point where my pumps could keep up with it.
It sure would be easier to have a conventional drive shaft, but we have to make the best of what we have. Still, I wouldn't trade
my boat just to get propeller