Originally Posted by grunzster
And an anchor
Previous owner was a real pack rat. I've been throwing out and selling spares of all kinds of stuff that the boat doesn't even have installed anymore. I actually do have a spare prop and spare alternator.
That's part of the reason I was asking too. Old prop is probably almost due for a re-hubbing, maybe reconditioning. On the other hand, I have a nice shiny new prop. So, if a spare isn't really a necessity, I was wondering if it's even worth paying to get the old one repaired? Or just slap on the new one, and sell the old one, to make a few bucks, and free up some space instead of shelling more money
From the sounds of your post, you have an outboard
powered boat, and for me, this would change the requirement for a spare prop.
Twice now (during 24 years of cruising) we've had dinghy
o/b props fail catastrophically without warning or precipitating incident... just motoring along and the rubber hub starts slipping. Obviously not too common a thing, but if cruising in remote
areas, a spare (even a beat-up junker) seems a very good thing to have.
For folks with inboard, shaft drive boats, sudden failures are less common. In areas with lots of floating logs
, etc, the odds get worse of course, Also, replacing the prop is more of a chore, requiring a slipping or some underwater work rather than just tipping up the o/b.
Saildrives also seem a bit more prone to prop failure, especially those with aluminum
props. Their configuration offers very little protection from contact with debris.
So, it seems that ones specific circumstances dictate the advisability of carrying a spare.. like so many things in cruising!
Jim and Ann s/v Insatiable II lying Port Curtis, Qld, Oz